Alan Wood was known to his family and friends as a contented, laid back, easy going and gentle man who worked hard and enjoyed the simple things in life.

The 50-year-old was born in Gillingham but spent a large part of his life at his family home in Careby with his Parents, Jim and Maureen Wood.

When Alan left school he went to work with his father in the printing business and later got a job at Warners in Bourne.

He was made redundant from Warners and wanted a new direction in life. He decided to turn one of his hobbies and passions in life, gardening, into a career.

First he went to work at Rassells Nursery in Little Bytham and he later had a spell at Barnsdale Gardens. Eventually Alan set up his own garden maintenance business, Gardens TLC, which he continued till his death.

The 50-year-old also started working at Sainsburys in Bourne in 2006 to supplement his income during the winter months. He was extremely well liked there and he enjoyed the camaraderie of the night shift.

Alan was married to Joanne Wood for 17 years and although they separated in 2003, they remained on good terms.

Mrs Wood, a legal executive who lives in Peterborough, said: "Even though we had separated, Alan would still come and look after my garden. He was the kind of man who would just do anything for anybody".

Alan was a loving uncle to Janice's children, Rebecca and Fiona and Sylvia's children, Joe  and Paul. He thoroughly enjoyed taking his niece Rebecca to rock concerts, which she said he secretly enjoyed as much as she did.

Mr. Wood's social life centered around The Willoughby Arms in Little Bytham, where he could often be found sitting at the bar with a pint and a packet of peanuts, tapping away to himself and chatting to his friends. He especially enjoyed the live music and beer festivals and would often help out behind the bar.

Alan loved photography and took wedding pictures for some of his friends, although he preferred the "old fashioned" cameras, to the latest digital technology. His other passion was motorbikes, his favourite being a black Triumph Speed Triple, which he had for several years.