To celebrate Peace Day this year individuals and groups were invited to send a written message to hang on the Peace Tree in Croydon’s Park Hill Park.
Peace Partners was asked to contribute to the messages, and we were honoured to send the following:
"Peace is a fundamental human need
Personal peace is possible for everyone
Chrissie Waite, Peace Partners volunteer and borough of Croydon resident, visited the tree a week after Peace Day, and was inspired to see the messages still hanging from the tree and fluttering gently in the breeze.
She said: “The peace tree is an illustration of the heartfelt wishes and expressions of a community for peace in the borough in which I live,”
“I felt moved to know that people have a wish to come together to achieve this aim, and especially see the photo from Friends of Broad Green."
Friends of Park Hill volunteer Catherine Graham said: “This Peace Tree is symbolic of all that is good about Croydon and its citizens.”
“The simple yet heartfelt comments and poetry sent in by people and organisations across the borough truly brings to life the Peace Tree,” she told Your Local Guardian.
Park Hill Park is an oasis of calm in Croydon away from the bustling town centre.
In the park is a community garden which is being developed as a beautiful Peace Garden.
Individuals or groups are invited to maintain an area of the garden using plants and ideas that express their messages of peace.
The Park Hill Park Community Peace Garden presents an opportunity for community groups in Croydon to work together to create a symbol of peace and cooperation.
The cost of creating the garden is raised through donations and crowdfunding, while supporters can also buy ceramic tiles featuring permanent messages, which will be built into a planned performance area.
Peace Partners wishes to continue to build partnerships with charities and volunteer and local community groups to work towards peace, and is honoured to have a part in the development of Croydon as a city and community of peace.