Tree planting in memory of those lost to suicide

Landale Road gardens from the air
Landale Road gardens from the air

Aberdeenshire Deputy Provost Norman Smith will plant a tree to remember those lost to suicide in the north east of Scotland.

The tree planting and dedication ceremony will take place in Landale Community Garden, Peterhead, at 11am on Saturday, November 8.

Last year 60 people from the north east of Scotland died by suicide - leaving a lasting impact on families, friends and communities.

Aberdeenshire Deputy Provost Norman Smith said: “I am honoured to be asked to be a part of this ceremony. It is important, that we offer support to those who have been close to someone who has taken their own life and to raise awareness of suicide to encourage people to seek help.”

The event is being held in conjunction with Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA) a local charity helping people with mental health problems across the northeast. Astrid Whyte, Chief Executive of MHA said ‘This is a touching way of remembering a loved one lost to suicide and can be a helpful way for friends & families to share their individual thoughts and feelings around such a tragic loss’

The ceremony has been organized by Choose Life Coordinator for Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Neil Murray and will be led by the Chaplain of Aberdeen’s Royal Cornhill Hospital Donald Meston.

Along side the tree will be a granite stone mounted on a plinth with “Choose Life – to remember those lost to suicide” written on it. This has been donated by A&J Robertson Granite Merchants in Aberdeen and prepared by local firm Lovie, Quarry and Concrete products.

The tree has been donated by Happy Plants of Mintlaw.