Our daughter Sophie was born with a rare neurological condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1. Her diagnosis at 7 months old gave us answers about why she wasn’t hitting early physical milestones such as rolling or sitting independently. This genetic condition is characterised by a progressive and degenerative muscle weakness and a severely limited life expectancy, with an average life expectancy of just 8 months. 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 have allowed us to plant an olive 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 chose an olive tree partly because of the symbolism associated with peace. Sophie’s name comes from the Greek, meaning wisdom which also seems to be fitting with an olive tree.
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 many helping hands to pitch in and make it.
The garden has been an ongoing project over the past year and it received its final key feature in May, Sophie’s tree. Everyone has helped dig, offered plants and time to make this beautiful garden a reality.
Below are some photos of the garden as it was being created:
And the finished garden: