We take a lot of the work that the council does for granted and it was only when news arrived today of an award and tree planting at the crematorium that I was reminded of what a sensitive and careful job the council do. Apparently, this year marks fifty years since the opening of West Herts Crematorium,which is based in High Elms Lane, Garston, Watford.
On 1 November, eighty invited guests attended a Commemorative Service at the award-winning Crematorium, to mark 50 years of serving the local community. The service was led by the Bishop of Hertford, The Rt. Rev. Christopher Foster, followed by a commemorative tree planting ceremony.
It amazing to think that the Crematorium is one of the busiest in the country, carrying out over 3000 cremations per year. It’s thought that the ambiance of the crematorium, with its award winning gardens of remembrance; natural woodland areas and formal bedding have made it particularly popular. That ambiance has been enhanced over recent years with the addition of a dedicated Baby and Infant Memorial Garden cared for by a dedicated team of gardeners. Many of the gardeners have devoted a large part of their working lives to the nurturing and maintenance of the grounds. I think we owe them and all the administration staff there a vote of thanks.