A ‘quiet garden’ for relatives and friends to pay tribute to missed loved ones is set to be unveiled.
Unused green space within the grounds of St Oswald’s Church in Knuzden has been transformed by family and friends of Iain Hill, who passed away suddenly at his home in May 2011 aged 23.
His aunt and St Oswald’s Church warden Alison Critchley said the idea for a permanent memorial was raised following his funeral.
Supporters helped secure a £10,000 lottery grant last year, but progress on the garden was delayed because of the poor weather.
The garden was completed last week and will be officially unveiled this weekend.
Alison praised everyone who helped with the project and said the garden looks ‘absolutely tremendous’.
She said: “The quiet garden is for everybody. We made a rule that if it goes in the garden it must be living so lots have people have been bringing flowers and roses in.
“We have also built a rose garden which wasn't in the original plans. It’s really fantastic to see it up and running and it looks absolutely tremendous.”
Alison said the quiet garden, which includes a stone path and circle, benches and flowers is open to everyone to use. She said: “When it was his funeral there were a lot of people and youngsters there asking what we could do to remember him and if we could get some funding to do this.
“We got the Awards for All grant and but we had a few hold ups speaking to the diocese about it.
“We were then held up with the bad weather last year.”