Memorial garden to commemorate loved ones established

A quiet place for local people to remember those they have loved and lost has been created in Govanhill.

The Govanhill Remembrance Garden is part of the community garden next to the Association’s offices in Coplaw Street.

It is set in a secluded part of the garden, close to Butterbiggins Medical Centre and away from the main growing and training spaces. The peaceful spot features benches and soft planting where people can take a quiet moment.

The area features a wall-mounted remembrance tree where simple plaques commemorate the names of local people. The first tree is now almost full, with a second tree planned for installation in the next few months. Getting a name plaque engraved and installed costs £5 from The Cobbler on Calder Street.

The garden has been the work of local residents Rosemary Scott and Association tenant Kathy Graham, who organised a fundraiser in 2016 to get the memorial tree installed. The installation was supported by staff from the Association and Govanhill Community Development Trust.

A remembrance day in the community garden and Samaritan House is planned for late summer or early autumn. The date will be confirmed once accessibility improvements have been completed in the wider community garden. Check the Govanhill Community Remembrance Garden Facebook page for updates or contact Dave Zabiega at dzabiega@govanhillha.org or on 0141 636 3665.