Archive Item of the Week: A Place for Children

Welcome to Archive item of the week:  where we delve into Guildford Cathedral Archives to highlight sine if the unique items within the collection.

This Week: The Children’s Garden.  Our People’s Cathedral Archivist looks into the archive and discovers how the children’s garden developed.


Those who have visited the Cathedral may be aware that Guildford Cathedral is lucky to sit in a dominating location overlooking the surrounding Surrey Countryside, and on a good clear day you really do get some marvellous views.

But do you also know that the Cathedral itself has some beautiful landscape in the surrounding grounds?

Within the archive is a fascinating look into just how a beautiful garden on the Cathedral grounds came to being – The Children’s Garden.

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The Children’s Garden was opened in 2008 and is known as the Seeds of Hope Children’s Garden, it is a beautiful peaceful part of the Cathedral Grounds, particularly in the warmer months.  The garden was designed specifically to help children and young people deal with feelings of loss.



Within the Archive we can explore the development of this garden and discover that there were plans to bring the Children’s Garden to life.  As shown here in an early leaflet looking to raise funds for the garden, and the target that was needed to get the project off the ground.

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Within the leaflet there is a beautiful artistic interpretation of how the proposed garden was to look, with unique sculptures and beautiful planting arrangements.

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Plans continued with the development of the Garden and in 2008 the all the hard work came together and the garden was officially opened by Dame Jacqueline Wilson.  Within the archive we have leaflets and activity packs that were produced by Seeds of Hope to go alongside the garden.

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If you would like more information about the Seeds of Hope Children’s Garden and the work that was involved in bringing the garden to life please look here: