A garden open to all has been unveiled at Tranent Parish Church, within the grounds of the church hall on Church Street.

The garden, which has been designed to be a quiet space where anyone can sit for contemplation or relaxation, was unveiled at a special service on Sunday.

Despite heavy rain, Patrick Gammell, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of East Lothian, performed the ribbon-cutting, accompanied by piper Eilidh Alexander.

The Rev Katherine Taylor led the dedication service, saying: “We hope this will be of benefit to the people of Tranent.”

The idea was first proposed last year to be an area of reflection available for everyone.

The garden features benches, flowers and garden decorations designed to create a relaxing environment.

The garden was supported by a grant from Tranent and Elphinstone Community Council, as well as work from a number of other businesses and volunteers.

A spokesperson for the church said: “Gardens need both rain and sunshine and so we welcomed the rain as we dedicated our new open garden at the church hall – a place for peace, sanctuary and play for all the people of Tranent.

“A huge thank you to Patrick Gammell who cut the ribbon, to Katherine Taylor for the dedication, and a huge thank you to the amazing volunteers, community groups and friends of Tranent Parish Church who made this possible.

“To the people of Tranent: come enjoy this oasis in (nearly) the town centre. All are welcome.”