Special garden in memory of tragic Scott
A MEMORIAL garden for a 15-year-old boy who was killed after a car ploughed into him and his best friend was officially opened and blessed yesterday .Scott Towler and his friend Dean Bloomfield died after a car driven by heroin addict Zulfcar Ali mounted the pavement along Fore Hamlet in Ipswich.
A MEMORIAL garden for a 15-year-old boy who was killed after a car ploughed into him and his best friend was officially opened and blessed yesterday .
Scott Towler and his friend Dean Bloomfield died after a car driven by heroin addict Zulfcar Ali mounted the pavement along Fore Hamlet in Ipswich.
It crashed into the Stoke High School classmates and Dean's girlfriend, Janay Porter, who survived the accident, on May 30.
Now the garden at the home that he grew up in with his mother, Pat King, and sister Denise, has been transformed from a "wilderness" into a garden of remembrance thanks to the help of employees of Ipswich Borough Council.
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His mother, who has lived at the cottage in Elm Street – one of the oldest buildings in the town – for 18 years, said yesterday that it was a "garden of heaven for my son".
She added that it had been an ongoing family joke that the land at the back of their house would never become a garden, particularly as gardeners would survey the land and run.
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"A couple of weeks before he got killed he said 'Mum I want a cherry tree' but I said that by the time we would get one he would have left home. He said he would come home just to get the fruit.
"He used to ask if we were ever going to get a garden and joked he would get some dynamite and blow it up.
"I can't believe what they have done. I can now sit here in the summer time and have friends over and sit on the bench and think of my son."
The garden includes landscaped lawn and beds with flowers and shrubs as well as a bench next to a cherry tree. The first plant in the garden was a sunflower Scott grew at school.
His mother said: "The sunflower has still got the Sellotape around it that Scott put on it to try and fix it. I cut the heads off it, as that's what you do to help it grow again, and dried them. There are three gorgeous heads, and we say there is one for Scott, one for Dean and one for Janay.
"We've named it Scottbot, as that's what I used to call him when he was younger and the cherry tree is named after him too.
"Out of my sad existence, as my son was my world, this is the only good thing to come out of it. There is nothing in the world I can say to express my thanks.
"They have done this because they care. They have done it because they are parents and they would not want that to happen to them."
Christine Read, Scott's aunt, wrote to the chief executive of Ipswich Borough Council, James Hehir, who attended the ceremony, to see if he could help with the garden. He appointed a team of four, including designer Simon Cook, to revamp it.
They started work in July and had to dig all the earth without the help of machinery and take it over a wall by wheelbarrow, as the only access to the garden is through the cottage.
Mrs Read said yesterday: "This means everything. It will mature and grow now, like Scott cannot. It is a garden of heaven for my sister and all the family and anyone else as well."
Father Haley Dossor, who conducted Scott's funeral at the St Mary at the Elms Church, where he was also christened and confirmed, blessed the garden.
Bill Thornhill, of Smokey Karaoke, also attended the blessing. He held a series of events and raised more than £4,000 to be split between the two boys' families.
nAli, who admitted the manslaughter of the two boys is due to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday .