Warwick Taylor Landscapes were comissioned to design and build a memorial garden for 5 year old Violet Mornington who passed away in 2013 after a short illness. Unable to find a place where parents and siblings could grieve for lost children, Violet's parents decided to fundraise and create a beautiful space in memory of their daughter.
It took 3 years of hard work to raise the money and work began in May 2016. Unfortunately it soon became clear that the cemetery's designated contractor had completely misinterpreted the brief. Not only was the design different to what had been agreed, the standard of work was unsatisfactory. Work halted and new cemetery managers Dignity PLC managed to recoup the charity's financial losses.
The challenge was to meet and exceed Violet's parents' expectations for a fitting design and beautifully constructed outdoor space. Violet's father had some ideas for the design that were incorporated into the concept so that the finished garden would be a truly comforting and inspirational place. Somewhere that could help to heal adults and children alike. Where people would be free to play safely or sit in quiet contemplation. At the same time, the garden was to reflect Violet's distinctive personality and her strength and bravery.
Warwick Taylor worked closely with the family, the cemetery and the landscape architects to design a fitting memorial to this much loved little girl. The design process began in March 2017. The date for completion of the garden was 3rd June 2017 - Violet's 9th birthday.
Work on the actual construction began in mid-May with just 3 weeks until the opening ceremony.
Building on their strong relationships with suppliers (including Harrowden Turf Ltd), on their knowledge of the marketplace, and on excellent employee engagement, Chris Taylor of Warwick Taylor managed to have all inputs procured and delivered on time.
Chris has two young daughers of his own and was determined not to disappoint the clients.
All works and planting were finished in time for Violet's 9th birthday. Violet's friends and family were delighted with the result.