The Butterfy Memorial Garden will be a peaceful place, a place for reflection rather than a place of sadness. The main feature will be a memorial wall where families can have their chidren's names engraved. The garden will have a secret garden feel to it with lots of seating spread around in little alcoves. There will also be a feature of a wishing well that people can use for their own wishes.
In additional to the memorial wall there will be options to purchase seat and tree plaques, and wooden inscribed butterflies to be placed in the garden.
The total cost to build the Garden is £75 000
15th August 2017
Tonight the Collett Park Committee come together to take a vote on the garden. To start with there were four main comments made:
1) In general, the committee supported the idea of having some sort of garden / landscape for Forever Butterfly.
2) The main worries were that by being enclosed the garden would be subject to vadalism and would need to be policed and that would be difficult.
3) By having a 20m x 10m enclosed area could be against the indenture of the park being open for all.
4) There were doubts on the costing of the maintenance of the garden.
After some vigorous disccusion, it was clear that a comprimise could be reached.
1) The committee would be supportive of a more landscaped 20m by 10m area that was not enclosed.
2) This would mean that the maintenance would fall more easily onto the current contractors.
3) There was no objection to the metal wall within the landscaped area, with, perhaps, the hedge as a backdrop rather than a surround.
So what is goinig to happen is that the committee will hold a sub group meeting of a couple of councillors, Forever Butterfly, the designer and the current maintenance contractors to agree some principles to allow the landscaping wihtin the park to go ahea.
Overall it was a 'Yes' to the idea of some sort of garden, 'No' to enclosure and 'Lets Agree' some principles for the designer to create a special space that everyone can enjoy.
30th March 2017
Trusttee Meeting - 30th March 2017
After the initial set back of our original plans not being accepted we are confident with a new presentation and demonstration of the garden that we will be able to have a place in Collett Park. The Committee have agree'd that we can do a presentation on the 20th June 17 with our adjusted plans.
* Our designer Wojciech Perz will produce a 3D visulisation at the end of April
* Volunteers will take on site photographs with the area mapped out in a variety of locations within the park. Although the garden design sounds large, when in location it does not appear that large.
The garden is now fully open for sponsorship as we are confident that although the exact location is not determined, it will be in Shepton Mallett.
We are also bring the garden design to Collett Park Festival on the 10th Jun 17, so you can talk to us in person about any aspect of our charity.
22nd Feb 2017
Today the Collet Park Management Committee have been back in touch. Although not exactly what we wanted we are hopeful we can re-colate and still achieve our aim of being in the hub of Shepton Mallet.
Their email states:
"I thought you might like to note that the Collett Park Management Committee have now reached a decision as to the future location in regard to your Butterfly Memorial Garden Project.
Because of the wish to retain the area that is currently designated the football area of the park it will not be possible to use this area as a potential location. The members did indivate that if the proposed garden was of a smaller scale and it could be accommodated elsewhere in the park then the members would reconsider the Project.
I am asked to say that they were very impressed with the proposals and would like to see it remain within the community of Shepton Mallett."
13th January 2017
Today Nick Tolson, fundraising manager has raised the following points to develop the plan for the butterfly garden.
Purchase play equipment shaped like a butterfly for the Collett Park play area which has information about the garden to direct people to it.
Start gaining tangible support including allowing people to sponser the benches in memory of a child to help kick start the fundraising.
Get the park charity trustees to agree to the garden.
Research ownership / funding ownership for the garden.
Be flexible with designs and plans for the garden, allowing the final choice to be made by the park trustees.
Get three quotes from builders now for funding applications include getting electricity from Whitestone Road and running it into the garden.
Community involvement is vital. Start to plan how the community can be involved. For example assistance with planting the plants, or getting people growing plants at home in preparation.
Create a fairy door. A door that is an exit from the garden but can only be opened from the inside. A magic feature as well as additional security and safety.
Consider other charities involvement to plant flowers and bulbs around the outside of the area so that gets more involvement. McMillan Cancer have a flower scheme.
Plant a Christmas Tree in the corner of the site so that it can be a special feature during the Christmas period.
As we move ever closer to the final product I have now opened up public opinion for ideas, or if they would like to support the project. All ideas will be discussed at the trustees meeting. If you would like to assist with fundraising or would like to sponsor a bench or other feature of the garden please contact Nick Tolson on:
We have been asked to provide further details for the memorial garden. Should we be successful at the next meeting they will put the proposal to the full council for the final decision. Please see the word document below for all the details on the garden!
Wojciech of Green Point designs surprised us on Friday night with a late night meeting to provide us with our first public designs. The garden will be enclosed by a high thick hedge - researched to be perfect for butterflies. There will be one entrance leading into the garden. This leads to a curved path that will end up at a water feature based on a wishing well.
Around half way along the path will be the main feature: the memorial wall and large seating area. More drawings will be released shortly. Either side of the wall will be a hidden entrance to the larger butterfly area. Throughout the garden will be lots of seating areas and focal points. Every plant is being researched to provide the best area for butterflies to prosper.
The garden will be wheel chair and pushchair friendly. There will be further "unofficial" paths around the garden as the designs develop. We are currently exploring further options available for adding more childrens names one the memorial wall is completed.
Wojciech has truley captured what I was aiming for with the garden, I look forward to working with him as we move forward. For more on his designs please visit his website at:
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Collett Park Management Meeting
30th August 2016
We put a initial proposal to the Collett Park Management Committee, this was a very brief overview to see if they would be interested in having a butterfly memorial garden. I am very pleased to say that we had the following response:
"Your proposal regarding the setting up of a Butterfly Memorial Garden was discussed last night at some length by the members of the Collett Park Management Committee. The outcome of which is that the committee would like to explore this potential project further. Can you let me know please at your convenience of some dates when you could be available for further discussions?"
We are having a meeting over the weekend to discuss going forwards. We are very excited about this development.
Second Trustee Meeting
After such a positive meeting with Wojciech we have moved plans forward for fundraising. We have moved forward with our ideas to match the design elements of the garden. Initially the idea was that families would be able to purchase a plaque to go on the wall. There will now be two different ways of getting your children remembered in the garden:
1. Purchase an engraving on the feature wall, there will be a limited number available and a limited time available to purchase them however the position will be decided by the creator of the wall.
2. Purchase of a engraved wooden butterfly, they can be purchased at any time and can either be placed by the family or volunteers can place it at an area in the garden of your choice.
An initial idea for the opening of the garden is families will be able to purchase live butterflies to be released into the butterfly garden thus populating it.
Our first fundraising target has now been set at £500 which will allow us public drawings of the designs. One of our volunteers has started speaking to the local council in preparation of securing land for the garden. We have also set up various fundraising opportunities:
* Traditional Afternoon Tea, Wincanton Memorial Hall, 28th May 2016, 1230-1600, tickets £10 per person (Under 5's free) the afternoon also includes various small stalls for the charity and a raffle. Further details will be released as we plan them.
* Stall at Collett Day, 11th June 2016, all day. Collett Day is the annual town celebration day, a fantastic day out for families with lots of events. For full details of the whole day: We are having a stall which will feature photograph's of butterflies we have completed, leaflets aswell as items from our shop.
If anyone else has any events they would like us to attend, or believe would be be good for us to attend please let us know. We would also welcome any fundraising efforts for the charity and can provide leaflets or business cards.
First Design Meeting
Two of our volunteers visited Wojciech to see the first concept designs. Although they can't be shared with you at the moment they are looking amazing. Wojciech has captured the exact feelings on what the trust wanted for the garden. It has captured the secret garden atmosphere and the feature wall is so much better than expected. The garden also includes a wishing well area where families will be able to put in a penny to make a wish.
Garden Designer Meeting
We have had meetings with a garden designer called Wojciech Perz (Pronouced "Voycheck Persh"). This meeting was very successful and very positive. He owns Green Point Garden Designs. He has studied both in Poland and in the UK. He has 17 years experience and has done some fantastic designs. Please visit his website to have a look at them:
We have given a budget of between £50,000 - £75,000 for the project.
First Trustee Meeting
At the first meeting to discuss the garden it was decided that it will be a peaceful place, a place for reflection rather than a place of sadness. The main focus will be a wall where families can purchase a plaque which will be added to the wall. We would like the garden to be placed somewhere in the Shepton Mallet area. The trustees have come up with a mood board which can be found below.
Butterfly Memorial Garden
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