Lord Mayor to open garden of remembrance

PUBLISHED: 08:38 28 October 2008 | UPDATED: 11:28 17 June 2010

A new garden of remembrance will be officially opened at Exwick Cemetery this Thursday, October 30, by the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Paul Smith.

A new garden of remembrance will be officially opened at Exwick Cemetery this Thursday, October 30, by the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Paul Smith.

Local children, working with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum's Living Here...West of the Exe initiative and the SPLASH school holidays activity programme, have also been hard at work filling a time capsule which will be buried in the garden of remembrance on the day.

The garden of remembrance at Exwick Cemetery has been created by Exeter City Council in partnership with Orchard Memorials of Exmouth. It offers a tranquil space in the historic Victorian section of the cemetery for the scattering and interment of cremated remains.

There are five choices of memorial, complemented by attractive planting and features. The garden of remembrance also offers peace of mind as plots can be reserved.

Exeter City Council's first garden of remembrance was opened in Higher Cemetery in May 2008 and has proved a popular option. The Council is developing a similar garden of remembrance at Topsham Cemetery.

Councillor Kevin Mitchell, Lead Councillor for Environment and Leisure, said: "The success of the garden of remembrance at Higher Cemetery shows that there is a demand for an attractive and peaceful place to remember loved ones following cremation. The gardens offer choice and value to the people of Exeter and we are pleased to be extending this service to our other cemeteries."

The garden of remembrance will be opened at 12 noon on Thursday by the Lord Mayor. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

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