‘Leaf’: a tree in memory

Launched in 2016, the Tribute Garden – a place created for those who wish to remember or celebrate a person or achievement – has begun to take shape.

Late last year we saw our first tree planted at the Diamond Wood, and a personalised tribute installed in our Tribute Garden in the Quiet Place situated behind Heslington Hall.

Time spent as part of the University community holds a special place in the hearts of many students, alumni and staff. Now graduates, family and friends can leave a lasting memorial to a life, or a dedication to a special event, highlighting achievements and remembering loved ones, as well as supporting current and future students.

The first tribute to be installed in the garden will be dedicated to graduate Charlotte Faux (Music, Goodricke, 2009), who has sadly passed away.

Charlotte was passionate about the University, and because of her love for York her family and friends decided to leave a lasting tribute to her in the Tribute Garden, and plant a tree in her memory in the Diamond Wood.

It was during her time at the University that Charlotte decided that she wanted to help those with mental health problems. She went on to be a Social Worker, supporting young people with eating disorders and other mental health difficulties. She was dedicated and devoted to her work.

Charlotte was a kind and committed volunteer for York Nightline. Her passion for helping others was an inspiration to her fellow volunteers, and the work she did for the service can still be felt today. We chose to commemorate her in the Quiet Place as it will be somewhere her family, friends and fellow volunteers can go to remember her. “I’ll listen, not lecture” is written on her boulder, as it is a take on Nightline’s motto “we’ll listen, not lecture”, and it reflects Charlotte’s attitude well. Always there to listen to others and help. We also chose a willow tree, as willow was her favourite.”

Charlotte was very involved in the student support service Nightline whilst at York, and she made great friends there. Some of her friends and colleagues from this time say that she inspired them to work in this field.