3 Scott Crescent
SiMBA’s Tree of Tranquillity was organised by the charity in close association with Scottish Borders Council. The site at Old Gala House, has been chosen due to its easy accessibility, central secure location and beauty. Old Gala House also has the added benefit of a caretaker in residence, car parking and toilet facilities. The gardens are open all year round.
We worked very closely with Scottish Borders Council to bring the Tree of Tranquillity to the region. The Council’s support and understanding has been invaluable and bereaved parents will now be offered the opportunity to remember their baby within this tranquil setting. Sometimes quiet, shared actions, such as placing a leaf on the tree, can say more and be more meaningful than words.
Councillor Len Wyse, SBC’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, added: “Council officers have spent quite some time finding just the right location for this very special sculpture. It was essential that we found somewhere tranquil, not in a cemetery, where parents and families can grieve with a degree of privacy.”
Reverend Ron Dick from the Borders General Hospital said “In all my working life the most difficult experiences are working with families who have lost a baby either during pregnancy or shortly after birth. I know how important it is for a family to acknowledge their baby and I think it is wonderful to have this tree where mum’s, dads and grandparent’s can come and do what they need to do. We are very fortunate to have this in the Scottish Borders.”