‘The Dell’ forget-you-not garden is now open for visitors. The new garden provides a tranquil setting to remember loved ones.

There is now a place within the formal gardens where you can sit in a peaceful setting to reflect on special memories.

We developed the garden alongside our memorial partner, Columbaria, and thanks to a donation from Warrington Wolves chairman, Stuart Middleton.

The garden

The design is based on the ‘Dear Mum’ concept brought to life by artist, Alan Clough.

Alan created a story to help children understand loss by posting a letter to a loved one. This can help to provide comfort and a way to process feelings.

‘The Dell’ features a post box sculpture placed between two granite benches to provide a quiet place for contemplation.

The Dell forget-you-not garden post box
The Dell post box

Simply collect an envelope containing biodegradable wildflower seed paper from the administration office. Write your thoughts or message on the rear of the envelope and post it in the box.

We will empty the post box regularly and plant the wildflowers in the garden.

Cllr Tony Higgins, cabinet member for leisure and community, said:

“For generations, Walton has been dear to the hearts of many people. It is a place where special memories are made and treasured.

“The last 18 months have been difficult for us all, especially for those who lost loved ones and were sometimes not able to say goodbye. I’m pleased that there is now a tranquil setting where they are able to visit to reflect on special memories.

“I hope the garden becomes a much-loved area of the estate and, over time, I look forward to seeing the whole garden flourish with wildflowers, bringing a beautiful backdrop of colour and providing a natural environment for nature to thrive.”

Find out more about our formal gardens.