Memorial garden plea

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ONCE the new development on the old hospital site on Dean Road is completed a part of Scarborough’s history and heritage will be gone forever.

However, to allow the Weeping Wych elm tree to remain where it has proudly stood since the days of the old workhouse, for at least 120 years and to incorporate a memorial garden dedicated to the former St Mary’s Hospital would be appreciated by many who have fond memories of sons and daughters births as well as the patients who had been cared for over the years there, and still remember.

This would allow the community and residents alike to reflect and enjoy a space, as in past years and still retain a small amenity area, which no doubt would be given the care and attention it required by local people and commemorating the past history of the site.

I believe when the hospital was open there was a group called the Friends of St Mary’s and a new group in relation to the elm would soon be formed.

To consider and accommodate a memorial garden in this scheme would be an attraction, a fine gesture and greatly appreciated by residents and visitors alike but for the moment the elm can continue to be respected and enjoyed. Anyone wishing to share any memory of the elm and the former hospital, which would be most appreciated, can contact me by email or the Irton Tree Foundation at

Lucy Lambley

Columbus Ravine