Electronic garden of memories in Fife

April 18, 2017   //   No Comments

A remembrance garden in Fife is to allow people to bury their ashes in a small plot, which can then be found by smartphone. No headstones will be set up at the site, only a “discreetly-placed QR code”, The Scotsman newspaper explained.  Ashes and personal items will be buried and identified using mobile phones through an underground microchip and the QR code.

According to Deadline News, George Kelly – who owns and sells plots of land – said: “The whole idea is quite unique; I don’t think anyone has done this before so I think this is a first. It’s pretty much an electronic garden of memories.”

Based in Saline, Fife, the area agreed for the remembrance garden was described in the planning statement as “a quiet woodland setting”. However, its close proximity to a nursing home did lead to an objection – one of 12 which had previously led Fife Council to reject the proposal.

The planning statement went on to explain that visitors to the area would be able to view an online “life story” through their phones.  It added: “The applicants will offer a personalised LifeStory website to accompany the plot and memento that will be accessed digitally by phone or tablet while on the site and near to the interred memento.”