Memorial Garden – Devon

Nicola was asked to design a memorial garden to commerorate 11 soliders killed during World War One and Two who all lived in the same Devonshire village.

The garden drew inspiration from a link that the current villagers share with those men – the rolling Devon countryside that has always surrounded the village. Memories of home, memories of the countryside, the passing seasons, the things that make Devon so distinctly Devon are memories that connect generations of people living in the community. Nicola imagined that in the soldiers’ darkest hours perhaps they would have held onto these comforting thoughts of home.

The village sits in an elevated position, with views out to sea in one direction and Dartmoor National Park in the other. The materials used in the garden subtly hint at these different landscapes, from a granite standing stone representing ancient farmland gateways, tors and stone circles, to gravel with drifts of planting to sumbolise the coast.

The garden is firstly a place to honour and remember the villagers who lost their lives, but also a tranquil and beautiful space that people will want to pause in and enjoy.