Merton Council creates a garden for peace

Merton’s first ever peace garden is due to be opened later this month – on Friday 19 September – as part of the council’s Week of Peace celebrations.

The knot garden at Canons House, at Merton Heritage Centre in Madeira Road, Mitcham, has been replanted with help from local young volunteers and a special bench will be unveiled for the beauty spot. Donations have been received from local faith groups to help fund the garden.

Events promoting peace across the borough will continue over the weekend, culminating in a World Peace Day ceremony on Sunday 21 September. Merton community and faith groups are invited to the celebration at the civic centre in Morden, which will include readings and poems promoting peace.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for community safety and engagement Councillor Tariq Ahmad said: “The peace garden will be the perfect spot for residents to come and enjoy some tranquillity and reflective thought.”

“Merton is committed to promoting cohesion across all communities in our borough and these gardens, along with Sunday’s ceremony, are symbols of how we must all continue to work together and celebrate the strength of diversity in Merton and the common goals that unite us.”