New Peace & Reconciliation Garden, Crookham

The Peace and Reconciliation Centre based at Crookham United Reformed Church is now officially open.

The centre is part of the wider Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the historic Battle of Flodden.

Visitors will be given a guided tour through the progressive zones of the horseshoe shaped garden moving from the dark spiky plants of the conflict zone to the rich colours and pond in the reconciliation area. A Peace Plough Sculpture has been loaned by Susan Andrews of Garstang.

The centre will also host a speaker programme and a series of music and arts events all focused on finding peace and reconciliation in today’s world.

The garden will also be the starting point for the 1513 Timeline which has been especially created for the Centre by Chris Burgess, the archaeology manager for the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum.

Based on suggestions from members of the public, the timeline, which continues into the church itself, records significant events of peace and conflict which have occurred around the world since 1513.

Crookham United Reformed Church, within walking distance of the battlefield, is a particularly fitting setting for the project.

It will also actively support humanitarian and charitable organisations committed to the relief of those affected by war, and promoting peace and reconciliation. In particular, the centre will seek to focus on the work of The Red Cross; the opening day of May 8 was chosen specifically as it is International Red Cross Day.

The garden is funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund and the URC Northern Synod and entry is free.


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