Sophie’s Butterfly Garden

The Crewe Allotment Federation have decreed that one plot on every site should be given over to a community garden, to promote wildlife and especially bees onto our sites. It’s a brilliant idea and we are very fortunate on our site to have two landscape gardeners who are in charge of designing and coordinating the garden.

There are plans for Phil to put his Bee hives in the garden as well as a shallow pond, seating area and special tree.

Our daughter Sophie was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1 aged 7 months in July 2016. Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1 is characterised by a progressive and degenerative muscle weakness and a severely limited life expectancy. 80% of children with this condition die before their first birthday. Sophie was an extremely clever baby who delighted everyone with her beautiful smile. She made everyone smile and adored being thrown centre of attention (which she invariably was wherever she went!).

After becoming suddenly unwell, Sophie passed away peacefully in our arms on the 22nd October 2016, aged just 10 months. The support we have had from the allotment has been amazing and we are very touched that the committee are allowing us to plant a tree in the community garden in her memory. As if this isn’t enough, they are calling it ‘Sophie’s Garden’, something we are sure that Sophie would approve.

We are still deciding on what type of tree we would like to plant in the garden – any suggestions welcome. My current favourite is a mature olive tree although I am yet to be convinced that a beautiful Mediterranean tree used to the sunny climes of Greece will cope with the notoriously wet and cold British weather!


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