A tribute garden has been opened in memory of a Stockport boy on what would have been his tenth birthday.
The garden was opened by his parents, Damyon and Karen, and his brother and sister, Zac and Scarlet.
The family said: “Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who has supported this in so many ways.
“It has been made with love and continues to grow and evolve. Together we look forward to developing exciting ideas to engage all our children, the school and it’s community.
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“Lucas will be proud we are sure – probably encouraging us all to have a wonderful, crazy and fun time here.
“We certainly hope everyone enjoys Lucas’ Garden, a special space for us all remember our sunny, smiley son, for many many years to come.”
The next phase of the garden will involve adding more soil and bark to build up the planting areas, a seating circle around the main tree and to improve and develop the pond area.
Damyon added: “Longer term we’d like to raise funds for an Armadilla pod as well as an irrigation system and lighting.
“We are also looking for the children and community to engage with the space – we have seven planters, one for each year group to plant and grow whatever they would like.
“Lucas’ Garden has an area near the pond used for reading, which is lovely to see.”
The garden was opened at the school’s summer fair that also saw £3,000 raised for interactive screens.
Tithe Barn head Michael Shaw said: “It is a great privilege and honour to be here for the official opening and unveiling of this wonderful garden in memory of Lucas Garrity.
“In life, Lucas taught us many things about being cheerful and positive through adversity.
“Out of grief and sadness, this incredible garden has been created, reflecting all the positivity that Lucas represents.
Lucas’ memory inspired Damyon and Karen’s creativity into developing this space.
“I would like to pay tribute to Damyon and Karen for all that they have done to create this garden – their effort and determination has been an inspiration to us all.”
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