Two Christmas trees have been delivered and planted in the baby memorial area at Preston Cemetery.
Families who have sadly lost babies and young children are invited to leave a ribbon on one of the trees as a way of including their loved ones in Christmas celebrations.
The heartwarming idea came from a member of the Friends of Preston Cemetery group and will be in place until the end of January 2021.
The trees will then be removed and re-planted next December, ready to bring back year after year.
Councillor Peter Moss, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for planning and regulation, said: “We thought this was a wonderful idea from the Friends Group and I’m grateful to everyone involved for making it happen so quickly.
“Knowing there’ll be a Christmas tree every year decorated with ribbons will hopefully be a small comfort to the families at this time of year.”
Member of Friends of Preston Cemetery Group, Margaret Heaps, said: “I thought it would be a lovely idea for families with a sleeping baby to be able to visit and leave ribbons on a tree at the Cemetery.
“Christmas can be really tough but hopefully this gesture comforts the families and the treasured memories of their little ones.”
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