Shropshire burial mound is close to completion
The first part of a burial mound, which will be the first to be built in Shropshire for thousands of years, is near completion.
Back in September planning permission was granted to construct the burial mound at Soulton Hall in Wem, which will provide a final resting place.
Barrows were traditionally built for the social elite while ordinary citizens were cremated or buried.
Similar barrows have been created in Wiltshire and Cambridgeshire, and now the project in Shropshire is well under way.
Tim Ashton of Soulton Hall came up with the idea, and is pleased with the progress, with some spaces already reserved.
He said: "It is nice to see it all coming together, things are coming on really nicely.
"We have had to stop work for an open day and church service we have held, but the first chamber should be completed sometime in May and then we can move onto the next part of the project.
"We have had a lot of people already coming down to the burial mound, some people who don't have any need for it at the moment.
"However some have booked spaces in the mound and they have sadly lost loved ones."
Work on the mound began earlier this year, and it is expected to be fully ready for use sometime in the summer.
Mr Ashton came up with the idea after a friend helped build the first one in the UK for thousands of years.
Toby Angel, managing director of Sacred Stones, who is working on the project admitted the public response to the mound has been above what they were expecting.
He added: "It has all been going well, the response we have had from the public has caught us off guard really.
"We weren't expecting the response from the local community, they have really embraced it and around 15 per cent of the places have already been taken up.
"And people have already been coming down to lay stones for loved ones."