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Brief and Objectives
Cheltenham Pet Crematorium (CPC) had converted a facility on an industrial estate into a crematorium. Although sympathetic inside, outside it was a warehouse with patch of grass alongside. CPC asked Holdsworth Associates to create a launch event to raise awareness of its services and communicate effectively to potential customers.
Research, planning and strategy
Pets are important family members and a cremation service provides a time for the owners to grieve and for other pets to understand the loss. CPC provides counselling and support to owners who are able to design their own service. However if the family want to take the ashes home or to scatter in a favourite place then they need to wait for short time.
HA proposed that a memorial garden was created for owners to use for reflection and also to exercise other pets. The garden would also provide something for a celebrity to ‘open’ and create the opportunity for a positive experience for invited guests.
Adam Henson, best-known for presenting Countryfile, and interested in dogs and gardening was invited to open the garden. It was decided to have a wildlife element as the site backed on to a nature reserve.
Being located on an industrial estate, the garden strategy would add value to the environment and create a more comforting environment for mourners.
Research revealed that the local Tewkesbury School had horticultural society. HA worked with the school to develop a project that would enable students to talk about bereavement and to use their skills to design and build the remembrance garden.
At the official opening, the pupils would be invited to bring their families and friends to see their work and meet Adam – creating a lovely photo-opportunity for regional media.