Chorley Pals Memorial Garden

  • Plan of Chorley Pals Memorial Garden

  • Elevation of memorial garden.

  • Sketch of memorial garden.

  • Sketch of memorial garden.

  • Concept development for memorial garden.

  • Design development sketch of memorial bench.

Chorley Pals Memorial Garden

SBLD worked in collaboration with Carolyn Willitts Studio to design a memorial garden for the relocated Chorley Pals Memorial as part of urban scheme for Market Walk Chorley. The contemplative garden celebrates the 222 Chorley Pals named on the memorial through an elliptical band of black granite paving and a bench which wraps around the memorial. The feature band and bench are made up of thin strips symbolically representing and honouring the Chorley Pals.

The garden is enclosed in a yew hedge with an inscribed feature band at each of the thresholds. Two ornamental pear trees are proposed to create vertical features and frame the memorial as it is approached from the main public square. One tree sits behind the bench in a planting bed of soft ephemeral ornamental grasses, herbaceous perennials and bulbs with poppies echoing the French fields after WW1. The warm Yorkstone paving and gentle planting wrapping around the memorial will make the garden a relaxing oasis and fitting place to remember the Chorley Pals.

Link to Carolyn Willitts Studio