Sheffield United have always had a fine reputation for the way in which the passing of members of its special family are remembered and paid tribute to upon their passing to a higher league.
The memorial garden, with its wall remembering those past, is a feature where we have been able to allow some comfort to those grieving in the stadium grounds, although in recent years, as with under the pitch, the laying of ashes has been ceased.
In the near future, we anticipate that there will be extensive development of Bramall Lane's facilities to improve our historic home. At some point, this will inevitably mean that the current memorial area of the stadium will have to moved or included in any building work that may take place
In the first instance, the plan is for the earth in this area will be sensitively moved to a new designated spot within our boundaries. It will also be deconsecrated.
To prepare ourselves, the Club thinks it wise to set new standards that will be upheld on its new site, whilst working towards the level of recycling that the Club is committed to and also by setting standards for the appearance and upkeep of our new place of remembrance.
From the 1st of October 2020, the Club will not permit the laying of:
- Plastic/artificial floral tributes
- Soft toys and ornaments
- Cards for anniversaries
- Decorative vases or urns
- Any non-organic and non-biodegradable forms of tribute
We would respectfully ask that all fans who have such items currently adorning the area remove them prior to the 1st October.
We would never wish to cause any unnecessary hurt or trauma, but hereby give reasonable notice that any such items remaining past the specified date will be removed and stored, or be disposed of accordingly.
The Club plan to provide its own water troughs for the laying of floral tributes. Please note that only fresh flowers will be permitted. The Club staff will monitor their freshness and decide when the time is right for floral tributes will be removed.
Again, as part of our recycling programme, this will ensure that they are easily compostable, along with the other natural waste produced by Sheffield United during the course of the working week.
All plastic must be removed, along with any elastic bands used to tie flowers together and any sachets of plant food that are also attached.
Any tying should be done with simple string and no plastic products to ensure that it will also be biodegradable.
Finally, we must remind supporters that floral tributes and wreaths from funerals must not be left on the grassed hill.
We wish to prepare the area for its eventual move and feel that now is the time to re-dress current practice, whilst helping the Club move further towards its target to become as green as it possibly can.
Sheffield United also wishes to begin to create an area of quiet dignity, giving those who have passed on the dignity that they deserve, and are sure that our supporters will understand and support us in this task.