The Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens are listed by English Heritage as Grade II and were designed by Edward White, a well respected architect of the 1930s.
“The Gardens are intended for the repose of the ashes of cremated persons and will be designed and maintained in a fashion for which there is no existing precedent. In particular there will be no buildings, structures or monuments of any kind likely to remind one of a cemetery.”
Edward White V.M.H, P.P.I.LA. (Designer, 1934)
The Gardens have a fine mixture of mature specimens, such as Blue Atlas Cedar Blue Colorado spruce, Wellingtonia, oak, beech, Lawson cypress, and some fine juniperus. 2004 saw the completion of a two year refurbishment project to restore the gardens. The work included a restoration of the rose garden, which had not grown roses for over a decade due to poor soil, 360 replanted trees, 7,700 replanted shrubs and 2,500 herbaceous plants.
The Gardens are open all year round dawn to dusk. Disabled access is available to most areas, weather permitting, but check on the map at the entrances. At weekends access is via the church and the side gate entrance – follow the HW (Heritage Walk) signs.