Memorial Garden Proposal

HIGHNAM GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE FACULTY PROPOSAL

  1. Background:-
    • Currently ashes are interred in caskets with headstones on North Bank;
    • Space in the North Bank area of the churchyard is slowly running out;
    • Some infusions and interments taking place in existing graves;
    • Approximately 5 or 6 ashes interments per year take place on the North Bank
    • There is a growing need to future proof further ashes options in the churchyard; by
    • Offering an alternative to casket interment with a headstone; and,
    • To avoid complex maintenance in the future.
  • Proposal:
    • PCC has therefore agreed (a) to construct a new formal Garden of Remembrance near the entrance to the churchyard; and (b), to mark all future interments of ashes on the North Bank by using vertical headstones (size of headstone is restricted to 15” wide X 18” high X 4” thickness. Plinth width 15” wide X 10” deep and with base width 24” covered in soil), in keeping with the headstones currently and traditionally being used in that location.
  • Area proposed:-
    • The proposed Garden of Remembrance is to be sited at East end of churchyard, adjacent to the churchyard entrance.
    • The area has been chosen as it will be seen immediately as you enter the churchyard. It should be an important statement that differs from the main body of the churchyard; it should complement the Church character and colour, and be implemented without necessitating major alterations to churchyard.
    • The details are shown on Location Plan and Layout drawing version 4; June 2021: and the East, and West Elevations and plan of the Pierced Cross; dated June 2021
  • The area for ashes comprises an 8 metre diameter circle with central cross. The circle to be defined by a sett edging.
    • The central cross is mounted into a 1.00 m square stone plinth.
    • The middle of the circle is 7.7 m from Church corner and 4.6 m from corner of last path lighting bollard. This enables the earth shaping to be carried out, leaving a mowing margin from the hoggin path leading to entrance of the churchyard
    • The cross to be fabricated from Core-ten steel 3.00 m high with a pierced decoration that reflects the Gambier Parry stenciling in the church interior and Hardmans’ metalwork. 
    • The plinth for the cross to be deep letter cut with “REMEMBER” on east and west sides
    • The site is to be leveled with minimum earth movement avoiding tree roots: a mini digger will be used to level and compact new soil; and feather the revised landform into the bank that slopes down towards “Dell” path gate. The new levels will cover currently exposed tree roots
    • Plant primroses and cowslips on bank
    • The central area to be outlined in continuous ring of granite sets to reflect current markers in the grave yard (e.g., 6” blocks of Spanish granite, matt grey). The stone sets will need a foundation which will also help retain soil on the bank.
    • Area to be reseeded in alternative grass types to differentiate the garden from the rest of the churchyard e.g., fescue grass inside circle and rye grass outside: or
    • Use fescue turf not seed, so that it is obviously different from the surrounding area.
    • 1 wrought iron bench (to be selected from a craft maker) to be placed on new hoggin path spur at edge of area, facing garden (see Layout Plan); and,
    • Bench to have 1 plaque only, denoting donor.
    • NOTE; Interment of ashes, using only an approved sustainable softwood casket, will only take place on the North Bank, or within existing family grave spaces.

  • Principles for usage of the Garden of Remembrance.
    • Infusion only.
    • Infusion of ashes through application via the funeral director, or directly to Incumbent or a Church Warden. Final agreement with the church only.
    • Infusion of ashes will be accepted for those who live within the parish, are on the electoral roll or have a strong association with the parish and/or the church.  All applications are at the discretion of the incumbent.
    • Location of infusion selected by church representative only.
    • Statutory fees apply to infusion.
    • Infusion to take place in the presence of Vicar or agreed church representative.
    • Funeral director or Church Warden responsible for digging hole in this area
    • Name and dates of birth and death only to be recorded in the current book displayed inside the church.
    • Book to be updated by suitable calligrapher at a cost of £20 per entry and retained in current glass display cabinet in Lady Chapel.
    • Viewing of memorial book available at all services, particularly at specific annual grave yard service and by appointment.
  • Recording burial in area.
    • Area to be divided into sectors on a plan retained with the current graveyard plan.
    • Sectors marked with name of the infused and date;
    • Sector reference and date recorded in the burial register and on excel record. Plot numbers to start “R”
    • Sectors not to be reused for 10 years.
  • Restrictions in this area.
    • Area to be kept as a simple open area for peaceful contemplation.
    • To avoid damage to the grassed area and keep the area looking tidy the following restrictions apply:
      • No plaques or any personalised memorial of any kind.
      • No pot plants in the area or on the stone work around the cross.
      • No artificial flowers.
      • No planting in the area including bulbs etc.
      • No toys etc. placed in or around the area.
      • Cut fresh flowers only to be placed around the central cross
      • Wreathes can be placed on central area, will be removed after 3 weeks.
      • No cut flowers to be left in cellophane.
      • Flowers to be removed when blooms are over at the discretion of the church Warden or representative.