Why not make a lasting memorial to your loved one?
Our Memorial Walk is a special way to honour a loved one's memory and come to terms with their loss by keeping their spirit alive.
We are situated in the small village of Ferring to the west of Worthing. The Rife Way site is an agricultural holding of 12 hectares of land set in beautiful countryside. The Centre offers those that visit a unique, tranquil and calming interlude to their often hectic pace of life.
The Walk is a wonderfully relaxing path which you are able to meander along, by the fields and our pond, absorb the scenery and take in the relaxed and tranquil surroundings. Pause and reflect whilst sitting on one of our benches, be amongst nature and be at one with yourself.
The tree lined walk not only provides a serene and peaceful area but offers a natural habitat for plants to grow and wildlife to explore, creating their home, and is just a small part of our contribution to conservation.
Donations are always gratefully received in memory of family, friends or pets. Why not make your donation a lasting memorial by planting a tree on our memorial walk? Purchase a tree from our Garden Centre and we will plant it on our memorial walk and place a plaque in memory by the tree. Our Garden Centre Manager will be on hand to help and advise (if required). Should you not live close to the Centre we are happy to choose/obtain a tree to your liking.
- Tree (dependent on species) cost as little as £25
- Plaque, planting and care of your tree costs only £60
- A Bench costs from £199
- Inscription or plaque on a bench costs just £35
Ashes may be scattered, by arrangement. Apologies, we do not accept ash casket burials. As this is a natural habitat we do not recommend the planting of other species around the tree and do not encourage ornaments or artificial flowers.
Please Note: The nature path does have uneven ground and can become wet and muddy at certain times of the year. The path is part accessible by wheelchair. It may take up to one month for your memorial to be erected. You will be notified when the tree has been planted so you may visit, or we can provide a photograph on request. Trees must be purchased from our Garden Centre. Trees purchased are guaranteed for the first 3 years after planting. We are unable to offer replacements after this period. Please be aware that we are creating a natural habitat to attract wildlife and a diversity of natural species, and while your memorial will be looked after by our staff and clients, we will leave it as much as possible to naturalise.
Benches may be placed anywhere within the Centre grounds although we will endeavour to place it where requested. We are so sorry for the sad loss of your loved one, be it family, friend or pet. Our most sincere condolences to you.
Any money raised by the Centre is used to improve facilities, increase activities and extend the opportunities for our clients.
Please inform us if you are a UK tax payer to enable us to claim back money from the tax man through the Gift Aid Scheme.
The Garden Centre, Cafe and Memorial Walk are open Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 4.00pm and 10:00am to 4:00pm on Sundays.
The Small Animal Farm is open 7 days a week from 10.00am to 4:00pm with last entry at 3:30pm.