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Thornhill Cemetery wins silver award

Thornhill Cemetery has won a silver award in the ‘Large Burial Ground’ category at the Cemetery of the Year Awards.

Earlier this year, the cemetery – which, despite its name, is in Rhiwbina – won a ‘Green Flag’ award from Keep Wales Tidy.

Meanwhile, a garden at Western Cemetery in the Ely area of the city won gold at the Cemetery Awards in the ‘Bereaved Community’ category.

Designed to help young children cope with the loss of a loved one and provide a place of remembrance for parents who have lost a baby, the ‘Dear Mum’ garden is the first of its kind in the UK.

Cardiff Council cabinet member with responsibility for Bereavement Services, Dan De’Ath, said: “Our ‘Dear Mum’ garden at Western Cemetery is a really special space where children, and parents who have lost a baby, can go to reflect and explore their emotions.

“A garden like this, on this scale, has never been done before in the UK, and I’m pleased that its value to the community, along with the work being done at Thornhill Cemetery, has been recognised with these awards.”

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