Loved ones will soon be able to honour those who have died at a new burial site.

The long barrow, built by Tim Daw in All Cannings, was officially opening on Saturday.

Work started in January to create a modern long barrow that will store cremated human remains.

The feature is on a field at Mr Daw’s farm at Cannings Cross in All Cannings and took around eight months to build, with delays due to bad weather earlier in the year.

The event will be the final stage in the process after the project won planning permission for in November 2013.

Mr Daw said: “I am looking forward to it with a huge sense of relief.

“To see it finished after all the hard work, it turned out far better than expected.”

The burial tomb consists of a hollow mound, with stone chambers inside, each containing niches in which urns containing ashes will be kept.

A total of 45 niches have been reserved so far out of around 300 available.

It has been positioned to allow the midwinter sunrise to shine directly down the length of the tomb and, although modern in design, it was inspired by the likes of the West Kennet long barrow, near Avebury, a few miles away.

Mr Daw, who is a steward at Stonehenge, believes the scheme is unique and said it is an ideal opportunity for people who want to put urns of ashes of their loved ones in non-religious places.

He said: “I’m amazed at the response from people. It is a different way to remember someone, and the site is modern and ancient at the same time.”

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