About the Gardens

Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens

Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens offers the perfect surrounding for a final resting place for a loved one, or if you are considering arrangements for yourself.

Empathetic, experienced staff can guide you through the process with care and sensitivity. They can talk through the options available and show you the gardens so you choose what is right for your needs. A personal visit is highly recommended, please ring for an appointment.

All cultures, faiths and beliefs are made welcome and can be catered for.

Entering Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens is like walking into a different era - there is a calmness and peace in carefully planned surroundings, which provide colour and beauty, whatever the season.

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This Grade I listed Garden of Remembrance has been open since 1935. The site was acquired in the 1930s by Sir Noel Mobbs with the aim of preserving the tranquil setting of St Giles' Church, nearby, which was the inspiration for Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, completed in 1750.

2016 will be the tercentenary of the birth of Thomas Gray. For further information: Thomas Gray website

Designed by Edward White, a leading landscape architect in the 1930s, Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens are widely considered his best creation and took five years to complete. Significant restoration work to the gardens was carried out during 2001-04, a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, South Bucks District Council and the Mobbs Memorial Trust.

Woodlands, formal planting, pools, fountains, rills, parterres, a rockery and a wisteria pergola fill the gardens, which sit alongside the Stoke Park landscape, created by Capability Brown and Humphry Repton.

A magnificent 600 year-old oak stands within the grounds, in the Oak Dell, a beautiful natural area.

While the main purpose of the Memorial Gardens is the interment of cremated remains, it is a vibrant and interesting place to visit, with a wealth of history and many activities on offer. For instance, there are guided walks, a butterfly day in August led by an expert, while autumn brings the chance for a fungus foray. There are also heritage open days and the gardens open twice a year with the National Gardens Scheme. An annual Thanksgiving Service takes place on the first Saturday in October.

Gardens of this beauty don't just happen - they are the result of a great deal of hard work all year round. The staff of five gardeners is assisted by a volunteer group which comes in regularly to help out and more volunteers are always welcomed.

'Friends of Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens' is a group, who support the gardens with fundraising and with practical help.
To contact or join the friends, please email friendsofspmg@southbucks.gov.uk

Besides being an attractive and historic place to visit, the Memorial Gardens provide a perfect resting place for loved ones.

Within it are 500 gated family gardens, individually designed by White to represent a 'home-coming', and in which are interred the ashes of some well-known people. One of the larger gardens, the Ghurkha Memorial Garden, is in memory of the 4th Prince of Wales' own Ghurkha Rifles.

In addition, there are over 3,000 individual plots, providing a final resting place for loved ones in a serene environment.

Visitors are always welcome. Some come to pay their respects to people they have lost, while others come simply to enjoy the gardens and views. All are asked to be mindful of the role the gardens have and to be respectful. Assistance dogs only are allowed in the gardens.

The gardens are open daily, 8am - 7pm in summer and 8am-4.30pm in winter. The office is open Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4pm, excluding Bank Holidays.

Weekend access is via the side gate and through the churchyard for wheelchair users.  All the main paths are gravel on tarmac and suitable for wheelchair access.

A wheelchair and electric buggy are available during office hours, but pre-booking is advisable.
Call 01753 523744 or email memorial.gardens@southbucks.gov.uk