Sheep sculpture Shaun is added to cemetery as new burial section opens

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CATHERINGTON cemetery has been given a makeover to give it a more tranquil feel for visitors.

The Co-operative Funeralcare has teamed up with East Hampshire District Council to spruce up the cemetery, which now has a new children’s section.

The new area has a pergola in the middle with a carving of a sheep, which has been christened Shaun, pictured.

Lynn Hayler, cemeteries officer at Catherington, explained: ‘I wanted a sculpture or something similar in the children’s section as the cemetery is set in rural surroundings, and the adjoining fields sometimes have sheep in them. I thought Shaun was an apt name.

Co-operative Funeralcare sponsored the children’s section with a cash injection of £1,000, to go with contributions from English Landscapes.

The plan for the cemetery is to plant a colourful array of plants and hedging to enclose the new children section, making it a quiet and tranquil place for people to come and reflect.

Mrs Hayler added: ‘I cannot thank the Co-operative Funeralcare enough for their help and support in making this a meaningful place for people to come and remember their loved ones.’

Catherington is one of five cemeteries owned by East Hampshire District Council.