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Location: Teignmouth, Devon, United Kingdom

I'm married with two grown up children and four grandchildren, My wife of 47 years is Sue and we are the same age. My two children are Pamela (blogging occasionly under Pam-bigbustybikerbaby.blogspot.com and Roy,who was recently Paralysed from the waist down due to an Absys on his Spine. My 4 grandchildren are (oldest first) Gavin, Hayley, Thomas,and Zoe. Sue and I are both retired and we're disabled too, her with a badly Arthritic back and spine, me with lung (COPD) and Heart problems.I have always loved Fishing (all sorts) Sue started fishing with me about 8 years ago, now she really enjoys it too. We both love m'cycles and m'cycling, Sue owns and rides her own bike which is a Custom 1981 250 Honda.I own a 1979 Honda CX500. We are both members of this motorcycle club ( view or join our club on http://www.cx-gl.org.uk/) or see my blog post Dec 2007 blog "Getting old, never", of course we're badly resticted now due to our illness, only riding in really good weather.Just over three years ago we lost our best friend and Baby Mojo the border Collie, Gone but never forgotten. Please feel free to use any of our photo's but do let me know you have used them, thank you.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

JASON'S GARDEN, TEIGNMOUTH. 1

On a recent walk around Teignmouth Sue and I decided to walk up the cliff path to take a few photo's. While taking these a pickup truck and trailer passed us (its very narrow), later rounding a corner we came upon an open double set of gates with two men (father & son) unloading the trailer.The area on which they were working looked amazing, so much so we asked them a few questions, this was what we learn't .In around 2000-01 a Teignmouth family decided to erect a garden in memory of their lost son Jason. In the late 1990s Jason Pope (26) a geologist working in Angola at the Yetwene Diamond mine, was along with several others kidnapped by a gang of heavily armed rebels.During this raid several more workers were killed or injured, this in spite of the mine being guarded by well armed men. Father Alan spent 30 days in the area a few years later trying to find either news or the whereabouts of his son, all to no avail, although mum Nev says she has still not completely given up hope.The garden located high above Teignmouth commands beautifull views of the whole area. The idea was worked out and planned by the whole family and to date has cost them thousands of pounds and countless hours of work. The project has had a preview to the public but wont be completed until May this year. Dad Alan and other son Damion are on site in all weathers trying to finish the project. In the early days of planning the family searched high and low to find a suitable site, before eventually settling on this one. This blog will probably be in two (possibly three) parts as there is so much to see and tell.
The site was originally (during the war) an allotment, one of several during "dig for victory" times, it stands high on cliffs above the railway lines at the Dawlish end of Teignmouth. When it was first purchased it would be unrecognisable when viewed today. It was just a wild and overgrown cliffside plot, as the first photo's show.
The family did try hard to retain as many of the original trees as possible, but the Rail company decided it would pose a problem to their lines 100 feet below. They then sent in engineers who cleared 90% of the trees and shored up the banks.
Above, these photo's were as it was bought by the Pope's, below, how Rail engineers ripped it to pieces, to shore and fence it.
All these pictures on this blog were taken during early consruction by the family, they will be on display in a building on the site when its completed. (Sue retook them).
All the Materials used (thousands of tons) have been brought up here either by Pickup truck or van plus trailer, these are the only vehicles small enough to navigate the very very narrow road up. The biggest part of the Stone used originally came from the demolished part of the local school building Mt Everest.
Above, Stonework on the gateposts, in progress by the lads
There will be two buildings on site one stone the other timber built. One will contain photo's, history etc, possibly snacks and drinks too, the other an organic toilet/washroom, although power is only 12 volt and comes from solar panels on the roofs, water is collected from rain water in tanks. The whole site will be run by charities these being the Teignmouth life Guards and the Teignmouth boy Scouts.

This huge piece of stone circle was one of the most difficult to get to and erect on site. In part two we will post lots more photo's and put correct any things I may not have exactly right.

22 Comments:

Blogger Martin Stickland said...

Wow! Their son would have been so proud of his father's and families efforts to build this memorial garden in his name.

I would love to visit one day.

i hope you are both well Bob.

M

1:39 pm  
Blogger Ex-Shammickite said...

Has there been any news of the son's location... or even a body?

4:17 pm  
Blogger bigbikerbob said...

Hi,Anyone wishing to know more, just post in "Jason Pope"Teignmouth, to your search engine, this has several options on the history.

4:56 pm  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Gday Bob, Jason will be smiling down on the family , building a memorial garden were they can come and reflect on his life..

12:14 pm  
Blogger Hippo said...

There are still some people looking. It is just a bit like folding a sail in a gale.

4:12 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A message to the Pope men!

Hi Alan & Damion, its Jo, from the Best of Exeter evening. I just wanted to say how touched I was that you felt you could tell me about Jason when we met the other evening. I must admit I felt very ignorant as I had no memory of this story in the news, even though you are so close to where I live. I have just found out about your beautiful garden and will make sure that I visit next time I am passing. Alan, you and Damion make a brilliant team and I am sure that Jason would be really proud of all that you are doing and at the amount of effort your family has put into your special place. Jo

12:02 pm  
Blogger bigbikerbob said...

Hi all, We hope to visit this beautiful place again soon, also an updated blog too.Meanwhile for very recent pictures go to Johns new site here http://jasonsgarden.fotopic.net/
Bob

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked with Jason when he was in kalgoorlie back in 1997 and remember him well with his boyish grin and sense of humour. The garden will grow and blossom into maturity the way he should have done. A sad loss.

David Potter

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