The life of a teenager who died of cancer a year ago has been commemorated by a special garden created by his friends.

Robert Brown, of Baildon, lost his long and brave fight against cancer in September last year. He was just 13.

Robert was a pupil at Salt Grammar School, in Baildon, where his friends and family gathered for the emotional opening of a memorial garden at the front of the building.

His mother Lesley Cooper also planted a tree and said a few words about her son.

"I think of Robert every minute of every day and every day I miss him more and more," she said.

"He was a loving son and as time goes on it gets harder.

"It's lovely that the school has done this for him and I want to thank everyone involved, especially his friends who are all lovely lads. I miss seeing them as well."

The garden, designed by horticulture students at Shipley College, was planted by Robert's friends and other pupils. Features include a stone sundial and a bench.

Deputy headteacher Kevin Paynes said the school was keen to have a lasting memorial to Robert and £285 was raised by the pupils themselves through a silver coin chain in the school.

Further funds were given by the school and the Education Action Zone to ensure it became a reality.

"Robert was a well-respected pupil and popular student who loved school," said Mr Paynes.

"We hope pupils and staff will come and use the garden as a place for relaxation and for reflection as well as remembering Robert."

A popular pupil, Robert was due to have started year nine when he died.

He was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was three and endured relapses and chemotherapy while waiting for a bone marrow transplant.

A match was found in 1998 and he had a transplant in June of that year but he relapsed again in September 1999.

His health picked up for a short while but shortly after a break to Disneyland Paris to mark his 13th birthday last summer his condition deteriorated and he died at Martin House hospice at Boston Spa.