20.21 Cloister Garden Project – Creating Sacred Space in the Landscape
The Abbey is set in beautiful grounds and is a popular place for those taking a gentle stroll or wanting a quiet corner to sit. The south side, and in particular the west end, is where many of the monastery buildings were situated including the cloister for the monks who would spend time there in quiet reflection and study, gentle conversation, and exercise.
At present this area is the site of the Garden of Remembrance, a small memorial garden for the interment of ashes, and is almost entirely laid to lawn. The area available for interments is nearly full and the Abbey needs to set aside additional space if this facility is going to remain at the Abbey in the future. In the past the area has been an orchard, a rose garden and formed part of the vicar’s private grounds, and it has the potential to be developed to meet many needs and to help make the Abbey fit for purpose for the generations to come.
As part of the 20.21 strategy it is proposed to develop this section of the Abbey grounds to provide:
- interment space for at least 100 years with an extension to the existing Garden of Remembrance
- a safe and beautiful garden for the local community and visitors to enjoy the tranquility of this ancient site
- improved disabled access to the Abbey and its grounds
- a sacred space for those looking for a quiet retreat resource
- a reflection of the Abbey in the grounds, enabling some worship activities to take place outdoors
- an improved boundary between the Abbey grounds and the Pageant Meadow running alongside the River Swilgate, encouraging the biodiversity and natural history of a special local habitat
- the potential for the history of the site to be brought alive for the visitor using virtual engagement
The Parochial Church Council have engaged BD Landscape Architects of Sun Street, Tewkesbury to work with them to produce a scheme for this project, and the latest update is given below.
If you would like to contribute to the project please consider becoming a member of the 20.21 Fund, a leaflet can be downloaded from this link.
Cloister Garden Project – Latest News
On Sunday 22nd October 2017 at the parish lunch celebrating the Anniversary of the Consecration, the first proposals from BD Landscape Architects were shown. Four possible options were presented and feedback was invited. These initial ideas can be downloaded from this link (pdf file). We would love to know what you think!