From left, Emma Biggadike,13, Zara Atkins,13, Kate Waters, Mandie Ring, Chris Penfold, Michele Cook and her daughter Ava, with Becca Smith, front. Pictures: Ian Burt.

Volunteers working to create a bereavement garden for remembering loved ones are appealing for extra hands.

The garden is being planted at Nordelph Village Hall by local charity CALM (Coping and Living with Miscarriage) with help from the CGM Group.

Michele Cook, one of the volunteers, said the idea originally was to provide a special place for families without a grave to visit to remember babies lost in early pregnancy. 

The project has since been widened to include all bereavements and it is hoped the garden will provide a quiet, peaceful spot for people to reflect and remember anyone they have lost.

Ava Hammond, 5, lends a hand.

Miss Cook, of Downham Market, said some women experiencing a miscarriage received no support  at all unless they needed medical intervention, but CALM, which usually meets at the village hall once a month, gave them the chance to talk and counsel each other.

“We have all suffered various losses through pregnancy,” she said. “We understand what each other has been through.”

There is also a monthly remembrance service run by Nordelph Congregational Church for families affected by miscarriage.

Work on the Nordelph Bereavement Garden began last Saturday, when volunteers removed thick brambles and rubble from the plot and started preparing the ground.

There is a lot of work to be done and more volunteers are needed to help with the gardening and donations of equipment and plants would also be welcomed.

The plans have been drawn-up by garden designer Mark Smith, of Downham-based CGM. On the wish list are stones for a  rockery, a solar-powered water feature, garden furniture, bedding plants and bushes which attract wildlife such as butterflies.

To get involved or make a donation, find CALM on Facebook or email catemarkwell@yahoo.co.uk