In Memory

Jason’s Garden

  It was sometime around 2000 that Nev and Alan Pope bought a piece of land in Jason’s home town of Teignmouth, with the idea of building a garden in memory of their son. The family’s labour of love would become not only the ultimate living monument, but was also successful in being selected to join the National Garden Scheme and feature on the BBC2 programme Open Gardens. Situated on a cliff high above the town and the railway lines at the Dawlish end, and boasting an impressive 180-degree view of the surrounding Devon coastline, this once overgrown strip of land was originally an allotment during the Second World War. Now, thousands of pounds and countless hours of blood, sweat and tears later, the transformation is spectacular. Planning and building was a family effort, with most of the hard labour carried out by Alan and Jason’s younger brother Damian, to create a modern and functional garden filled with unusual sculptures and as many of the original trees they were able to retain after Railway engineers, fearing their lines below would be affected, cleared most of the existing trees away. Access to the plot is up a steep and narrow lane, … read more