National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Donna Cooper Memorial


Type Panel , Landscape , Sculpture

     The landscape designed by the artist is some 200 metres long and 20metres wide. It is planted with trees around the edge to form a context for the earth and artworks. The two steel objects have natural forms; the arch having leaves and branches; the tree branches have two-dimensional birds on them which move in the wind the tree is surmounted by a large bird.


Large road-side sign in heavy plastic: Donna Cooper Memorial Garden/ This site contains the Memorial Gardens created in memory of Donna Cooper, a teenager from Rushall killed by joyriders in 1993. The garden has been created by a design Team consisting of Walsall MBC, Groundwork Black Country, Donna's parents and the artist ANURADHA PATEL, who worked with local residents and school-children to create the designs for the art-works on the site. The landscaping in the garden was funded by English Partnerships, the European Regional Development Fund, the Millennium Commission and donations from the local community. The artworks have been funded by Walsall MBC. The garden is designed to blend with the surrounding earth forms and contains four mini-amphitheatres and a central viewpoint. The artworks within the site reflect natural forms and apart from the central tree, make use of natural materials. The owl motif at the centre of the ornamental gateway to the garden is taken from a design drawn by Donna just before she died. The garden will be used not only as an attractive park for the local community but also as an open air art gallery for the installation of future public artworks and events involving residents, particularly young people, in the creative process.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Patel, Anuradha Designer
West Midlands Gates & Trailers, None Metal worker

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Arch gateway Galvanised steel, painted predominantly green 250cm high x 207cm wide; panels 63cm
Mosaic Slate and gravel 800cm diameter
Tree Galvanised steel, painted predominantly green 234cm high; four branches 30cm, 70cm, 125cm, 160cm long
Mosaic Pebbles, various sizes None
Tree stumps Pine tree sections Various; max. 25cm

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMwaBLvh004 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Goscote Lane
Precise location Halfway along Goscote Lane, entrance by the stream
A-Z ref 23 1H
OS ref SK016025
Date of design 1996-1999
Year of unveiling 1997/1999
Unveiling details 1997/1999
Commissioned by Walsall Council; Groundwork Black Country; Mr & Mrs Cooper
Duty of care Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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