A NEW look for Kirkburton Memorial Gardens has been unveiled to the public.
With overgrown gardens, broken footpaths and even the names on the war memorial fading away, the site was looking shabby.
But thanks to new funding, it has now been given its long overdue makeover.
The new-look was revealed to locals in time for the Remembrance Day service, with villagers saying they were delighted with the results.
From its initial design stages it has taken 18 months to transform the memorial gardens.
Maryke Woods, development officer for Kirklees Parks and Open Spaces which led the project, said: “It was extremely overgrown.
“All the footpaths were breaking up which made them quite dangerous to walk on and there was no easy access to the war memorial.
“Also, all the names engraved on the memorial were fading away.”
“We hadn’t able to do the work before as it needed a lot of investment.”
The project was able to go ahead when it received £30,000 from Kirklees Council and a further £20,000 funding from Kirkburton Area Committee.
The designed work was done by Emma Mills, a landscape architect for the council.
The project involved building new steps to the war memorial and cleaning up the statue with the inscriptions re-inked.
The flagpole was moved to a more prominent position, new railings were installed and the footpaths were resurfaced.
A new landscaped grassed area was created and the overgrown vegetation was cleared.
The gardens have now been planted with bulbs which will add a splash of colour in the spring and a new summer planting scheme will be carried out next year.
Ms Woods said: “We are extremely pleased with the results and have had some fantastic feedback.
“Some people seemed a bit reluctant when they first heard about it but now they’ve seen the results they’re delighted.
“We’ve created a space people can enjoy that we will be able to maintain.”
Kirkburton ward councillor Adrian Murphy said: “When proudly stood at the refurbished war memorial in Kirkburton on Remembrance Sunday, it was pleasing to know that the funding has helped make this possible, to the delight of the community.
“It is very important that we remember our soldiers past and present. We will remember them and have shown we care in our village.”