Our Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is situated in the memory garden at St Gemma’s Hospice.

Our memory garden provides a calm, peaceful space where family and friends can sit and reflect, receiving strength for the present and hope for the future.

The Tree of Life is sculpted from bronze. Each copper leaf added to the tree can be hand engraved in memory of a loved one. The leaves hang on the tree for a minimum of ten years, providing a lasting tribute for those we have lost.

Visits to the garden are welcome, Mondays to Fridays between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. Visits at other times can be arranged by appointment. For this and any other queries, please call Pauline Storey on 0113 218 5555.

By dedicating a leaf on our Tree of Life you will be making a difference to the lives of local people. Leaves are available for a donation towards the work of St Gemma’s Hospice. Please feel free to make whatever donation you can afford.

£30 could provide expert telephone advice and support to a patient at home
£50 could enable a group session to provide support to a child experiencing a loved one’s illness and death
£100 can provide a specialist 1-2-1 bereavement support session


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Copper leaf with a name engraved on it, with more leaves in the background

Back in 2001, one of our longstanding volunteers Sheila came up with the idea for our “Tree of Life”. She brought it to life by asking Harvey Nichols to donate their window display that

was made out of copper. Sheila then engaged the services of a local metal engineer to transform the donated copper into the beautiful tree that you see today.

Sheila with the tree of life

Another St Gemma’s supporter, Charles, has for the past 20 years kindly volunteered his engraving services to personalise each individual leaf that goes on our beautiful Tree of Life. He recently visited the tree with his wife Winnie. It was a surprise for Charles to see how many leaves are on the tree, as he only sees them one by one when engraving them. He remarked on how beautiful they are together.

Charles with the tree of life

“I wanted a leaf on the Tree of Life at St Gemma’s for our grandchildren Archie and Ella to know that their grandad Tony’s memory lives on everywhere. They visited him the last week of his life at the Hospice and Archie fondly remembers the garden, especially the ‘Teletubby house’, as he calls it. He constantly talks about Tony and I really want them to be able to visit all these memory places as they grow up and help to explain our loss.”

“It was approaching what would have been my mum Anne’s 60th birthday and my nana, my dad and I wanted to do something special to mark the occasion so we got in touch with St Gemma’s.

Getting a leaf engraved on the Tree of Life was a brilliant way of remembering mum and creating a lasting tribute to her life, whilst also giving back to the hospice who looked after her so well before she died.

The St Gemma’s team were brilliant in guiding us through the process of getting the leaf engraved.”