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What happens to the garden after the Show?

Author: Hazel Southam, 23 July 2023

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Sheffield General Cemetery was a place of solace to designer Ollie Pike during the pandemic. So it’s wonderful that the garden will have its permanent home at the cemetery, where it can be enjoyed by locals. 

Sheffield General Cemetery holds a unique place in Sheffield’s history and in the community today. 

Opened in 1836, the cemetery has ten Grade II listed and II* listed buildings and monuments. It’s not just a place of the past, though; it’s special to the local community today. 

It is now a heritage park and nature reserve, and has an events venue. It’s also used extensively by people as a local park, a place to meet friends, go birdwatching, kick a ball about with the family and relax during a work lunch break. 

It was here during the pandemic that Ollie took his one-hour exercise per day, finding solace in its beauty. So, we’re delighted that, after the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, the Psalm 27 Garden will find its permanent home at Sheffield General Cemetery. It will go straight to the cemetery after the Show, and we’ll bring you news of its public unveiling. 

Catie Evans, a trustee at Sheffield General Cemetery Trust said, ‘We are delighted to be the recipient of Ollie Pike's RHS Tatton Psalm 27 Garden sponsored by the Bible Society. Ollie was inspired by the Cemetery's combination of nature and heritage, which over the last 30 years has been carefully restored and maintained by the Trust. The Psalm 27 Garden will be a wonderful addition to this significant place.'

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