Bereaved parents give praise for Christmas tree placed at Dundee cemetery

The Christmas tree at Birkhill Cemetery.

The addition of a Christmas tree at a section of a Dundee cemetery previously labelled the “forgotten corner” has been welcomed by families.

The tree was installed this week at Birkhill Cemetery and has allowed parents to place festive baubles in memory of their loved ones.

Families have already started placing personalised items on the tree.

The new concept has been part of a raft of improvements to the baby section of the cemetery in recent months.

Lisa Williamson, 43, from Douglas, said she “hoped” the tree would become an annual fixture at the cemetery.

Some of the personalised baubles already placed on the tree.

Lisa, who laid twins Kaisha and Kenzie to rest in 2008, previously said she had considered having them exhumed from the plot due the decline of the cemetery.

During the summer, a petition gained more than 1,000 signatures demanding that the local authority takes action to improve the site.

She said: “It took years to get the improvements done.

“Families have been absolutely delighted by the improvements the council has undertaken.

“We met the council’s head of environment Gary Robertson and senior manager of environment Rod Houston earlier this year and they took our considerations on board.

“The idea of a tree being placed at the cemetery was discussed.

Lisa Williamson.

“I’ve been made aware by other parents that the tree is now in place.

“It’s allowed families to create personalised baubles and personal messages to place on the tree. I plan to go up tomorrow.

“I have heard that people have already placed messages on the tree.

“Naturally, this has been very emotional for parents to have the opportunity to do this.

“It has allowed families to create new memories for their loved ones during the festive period. We asked for a memorial for Christmas and now it’s there — I hope it becomes a yearly fixture.

“There has been a raft of improvements at the cemetery and we couldn’t have asked for more. The response we had to the petition during the summer was crazy — we had people from all over the world getting in touch.”

The council was approached for comment, but has yet to respond.

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