16 December 2016
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and the Northern Health and Social Care Trust recently joined forces to plant snowdrops beside the Trust’s Tiny Baby Burial Garden at Belmont Cemetery.
Staff from the Maternity and Neonatal Services joined the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott along with representatives of Ballycraigy Primary School to plant the bulbs at the cemetery site, which has been developed over the last 10 years in a partnership between Council and the Trust.
Councillor Scott commented; “It was a very humbling experience to join the hospital staff and local pupils to plant these bulbs at this very special site. The snowdrop will flower early in the year, providing a welcome reassurance that spring is on its way.”
Mrs Caroline Keown, Interim Head of Midwifery within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust said; “The snowdrop flower has been chosen within the Trust to represent the loss experienced by bereaved parents. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to be able to plant these snowdrops within our Tiny Baby Burial Garden. These flowers will greatly enhance the area which is dedicated within the cemetery to the memory of many tiny babies.”
Dr Hazel Edwards, Principal of Ballycraigy Primary School added; “We work closely with the Council on many projects throughout the year and were delighted to help plant the snowdrop bulbs at this special area of the Cemetery.”