Garden will provide a place of reflection

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A memorial garden at St Nicholas’ Church in Ganton is now complete following the presentation of a bench by Ganton Golf Club.

The “Garden of Reflections” has been a labour of love for a dedicated band of volunteers since 2011 and garden designer Robert Warman is delighted to see the project come to fruition.

He said: “An overgrown area was offered for natural development and I thought it would be wonderful to have an area with indigenous plants I remembered as a child.

“I thought ‘what a challenge!’ - there was no money and many of the volunteers had retired.

“But I remembered that in 1993 people built a wonderful village hall from nothing, so this should be possible.”

In Autumn 2010, a plan was drawn up for the garden and work began in May 2011.

The project involved raising up an area as the ground was very boggy.

Three interlocking ponds were created, which feature flowing water and cascades.

A wall for memorial plaques was built following a bequest and a bridge and stone steps were also added.

The garden is now finished an was officially opened and consecrated on Sunday by the Bishop of Hull.

Mr Warman said: “It’s been a wonderful project and well supported by various volunteers and work parties.

“The project really brought the best out of the volunteers and without them it wouldn’t have been constructed.”

He explained that the bench, which they were thrilled to receive from the golf club, now takes pride of place at the top of the garden.

Mr Warman, who has always lived in Ganton, added: “It’s in a really lovely setting - it’s so peaceful.”

The project was not without its difficulties, however, with a large beech tree having to be felled, which Mr Warman said was “heartbreaking”.

But people rallied round and took on tasks such as planting to make the garden a big success.

Mr Warman explained that the garden has been designed with easy maintenance in mind, and features plants such as bullrushes, water iris and snowdrops.

It has been named the “Garden of Reflections”, as it will give people a place to reflect on the lives of loved ones, and also brings in the idea of reflection in the three ponds.

The garden will be a place where ashes can be interred and memorial plaques will be placed upon the curved wall.

Mr Warman said: “It will be a place for the enjoyment of all.”