A Memory Garden has been created at Cae Derw Park, Llandudno Junction, by Conwy County Borough Council working with the Friends of Cae Derw Park group.
The peaceful garden is designed as a place for residents to sit and reflect, built with Section 106 funding from developers for community projects. The space includes a pergola and bench seating with solar lighting, raised beds made from recycled plastics, and a Welsh Heritage fruit orchard planted with a selection of local apple, plum, damson and cherry trees.
The Friends of Cae Derw are an active volunteer group who have worked with the Council for many years on the development of the park. The group use the park extensively for community events, summer fetes and local football matches. The concept of the Memory Garden came from the group’s annual Christmas gathering and installing a Christmas tree in the park.
Without mains power to light the Christmas tree, residents decided to adorn it with hand written baubles commemorating loved ones they had lost. Last year there were more than 200 memory baubles placed on the tree. From this came the idea for a place to use all year long, where people could sit and reflect in a more purpose built garden area.
The community designed the Memory Garden space, and the Council provided labour and expertise to create the garden in time for Christmas 2023.