THE final touches have at last been given to a public garden 20 years after the idea was conceived.
Herbert Nield purchased land in Hooton for £1,000 more than 20 years ago and has transformed it from a rubbish dump to a restful place for people to come.
Called Herbert’s Garden, the park area is open to everyone to visit and take solace.
The 86-year-old former farmer from Hooton has been committed to turning the quarter-acre site to a tranquil, restful place.
The garden contains plaques and display boards about the Bahá'í faith, which was founded by Bahá'u'lláh in 19th century Persia.
The faith believes all religions are one, and Herbert joined 38 years ago. He said: “I purchased the land over 20 years ago, it was effectively a dump for local rubbish.
“I decided to do this because of my faith and to give to mankind.
“The garden has display boards about the Bahá'í faith. According to the Bahá'í teachings the human purpose is to learn to know and love God through such methods as prayer, reflection, and being of service to humanity. The garden is open to everyone, and while there, I hope people enjoy some Bahá'í readings. But it is not pushed on anybody.
“The garden also has ‘prison poems’ written by Mahvash Sabet, a schoolteacher and mother of two, who is one of seven Baha’i leaders imprisoned in Iran and serving a 20-year sentence.
“This is to remind us of all those imprisoned for their faith, whatever and wherever that might be.
“Moments are rare in our modern world to get quiet contemplation. This garden aims to give people that time.”
The garden is located on the right hand side, past the former Waterworks Building (now apartments) on Waterworks Lane, Hooton.