The gardens will ultimately consist of some 13 acres of sculpture gardens and walks but currently extend to 4 acres. The gardens are designed for the display of sculpture and carved lettering. In the pareterre or sensory garden there is usually a sculpture installation on view which changes annually and in the memory field there is a permanent display of carved lettering on loan from the Memorial Arts Charity. Throughout the gardens you find a changing display of pieces of sculpture and carved lettering by different artists.
The Memorial Arts Charity is the only charity in the UK with the specific brief of fostering contemporary memorial art. Since 1998 they have directed their energies to addressing gaps in letter-carving training, running an apprenticeship scheme and letter carving workshops throughout the UK, engaging with trade monumental masons and others to influence standards and raise public awareness and appreciation of memorial arts relevant to the 21st century.
The purpose of the Art & Memory Collection, shown at six sites across the UK, is to show how beautiful and varied contemporary memorial art can be while providing an inspiration for those wishing to erect a memorial.