Seeds of Hope Children’s Garden is a vibrant living space designed
to help children and young people explore feelings of loss with the support
of their families, teachers, and carers.
The loss may be as a result of many
different things including death,
divorce, adoption, separation, a change
of school, because a best friend has
moved away or a treasured possession
has been lost. In a garden, change, loss and death
can all be seen as a natural part of the cycle of life.
The Garden is open 7 days a week and is situated at the east end of Guildford Cathedral on Stag Hill just off the A3.
To arrange a school visit, please contact the Cathedral Education
Officer on 01483 547880
Our thanks to:
Seeds of Hope Children’s Garden incorporates 4 separate areas, one
for each season.
The Winter Garden (‘Garden of Thought’)
Home to a labyrinth, an ancient symbol for the journey of life, this Garden
represents the early days of loss when someone has died
or moved away, when life is hard and there’s no sign of colour.
But inside the seedpods, things are happening, reminding us that life
goes on. More colourful times are on the way. Spring is coming.
The Spring Garden (’Garden of Hope’)
Trees blossom and bulbs burst out of the ground. A path leads the
forwards after the shock and pain when someone dies or moves
New life is appearing showing us that loss and death
can be a
beginning as well as an end.
The Summer Garden (‘Garden of Light’)
Colourful flowers, roses for love and rosemary for remembrance,
remind us that even in very sad times, there are happy times too
when the world is bright and it’s OK to have fun. At the centre
is the Seeds of Hope sculpture representing the spirit of childhood.
The Autumn Garden (‘Garden of Change’)
Fruits, seeds and berries show that the outside shape of things
with time. A bud becomes a flower, a flower becomes a fruit
the fruit will eventually drop from the tree.
But in the fruit are the seeds from
which new life will grow. Life is a journey full of change.
· Sue White BSc Hons, Hort cert RHS, MI Hort, GradDiplCons (AA)
for her help in the design of the
· Sophie Buchanan and Alison Lainton Beasley
for their help in the early concept of the
· Gerald Abrahams of G.A. Landscapes
for the excellent quality of work on establishing
· Norbury Wood Products for their craftsmanship
· Dave, Ian and Lester at Guildford Signs for their
expertise in the creation of the signs
· Unity-Joy Dale BA Hons Fine Art, MCSD, for her beautiful
artwork on the signs
Seeds of Hope Sculpture
commissioned a local
Charlesworth SWA ARBS
(Society of Women Artists and
Royal Society of British
Sculptors) to produce a bronze
sculpture of two life-sized
Our thanks to her for her outstanding work and personal empathy with the project and its purpose.
An older girl is blowing a dandelion seed-head, making
the ‘seeds of hope’ fly for a younger
boy who is tryingto catch them. Childhood
is about having fun. But time passes and nothing stays the same. Sad things happen. All living things eventually
die. But their essence lives on in the new life that grows from theseeds
of the old.
The Seeds of Hope Children’s Garden won the Guildford Design Award for
Environmental Enhancement in 2009. The Chairman of Trustees was
presented with the award at a ceremony in Guildford’s Guildhall.