We will build on 16% of the site leaving most of it green. To the north east of the buildings will be our formal memorial gardens with an attractive series of walks and spaces for quiet contemplation and remembering. We would concentrate on gardens that bring colour, form and texture throughout the year. They would be a blaze of colour during the spring and summer with soft forms and textures during the winter.
Most of the site, though will be given over to nature. The land has been grazed by horses for many years and has little ecological merit. Surrounding it, though, is woodland and mature hedgerows that are home to bats and field-mice, badgers and deer. We have opportunity to ‘re-wild’ the site and provide a home once again to a wide variety of species. We will include areas of open parkland, wildflower meadow, woodland and hedgerows. Car parking and paths will be embedded into this landscape to minimise their presence and allow a variety of habitats to establish alongside the crematorium.