Garden grows peace and reconciliation

Peace is the theme of the latest event to commemorate the 500th anniversay of the Battle of Flodden.

The Peace and Reconciliation Centre is being officially opened next month, with a newly-created peace garden and 1513 timeline.

At the opening, on Wednesday, May 8, at 3pm at Crookham United Reformed Church, visitors will be given a guided tour of the garden, enjoy a presentation by author and poet Noel Hodgson and a performance by choir the Crookham Cuckoo.

The garden, funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund and the URC Northern Synod and designed by Dougie James Garden Landscaping, is the result of 12 months’ hard work by a group of volunteers led by project manager Diana Herbert and steering group member Karen Richardson Dunn.

The horseshoe-shaped garden takes visitors from the dark spiky plants of the conflict zone to the rich colours and pond in the reconcilation area.

It is also the starting point for the 1513 timeline, specially created by Chris Burgess, the archaeology manager for the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum.

Based on suggestions by members of the public, the timeline records significant events of peace and conflict which have happened around the world since 1513.

Steering group member Rev David Herbert said: “I would like to thank all the steering group and volunteers who have worked so hard on the opening and I hope visitors will enjoy the garden and the timeline.

“Going forward, the centre will also host a speaker programme and a series of music and arts events all focused on finding peace and reconcilliation in today’s world.”