A new “memorial tree” – the first of its kind in the country – has been installed in Altrincham Crematorium’s Garden of Remembrance.
The weeping willow-style creation stands one and a half metres tall and was designed by Hull-based Columbaria with families in mind.
Councillor Stephen Adshead, Executive Member for Environment, Air Quality and Climate Change, said: “This tree is the first of its kind in the country so it is very special to everyone at the Crematorium.
“It gives people a chance to have a permanent memorial to their loved one. It is a lovely setting to sit, relax and reflect.”
The granite leaves provide space for people to inscribe the names and dates of loved ones.
There is also the opportunity to have cremated remains buried in the surrounding area with wild flower seeds to help create a colourful area where families can sit and remember.
Altrincham Crematorium opened on Whitehouse Lane in 1959.