Anyone with a garden can become part of this campaign.
Your own garden can have a section devoted to peace.
You do not need to be an activist.
It can appeal to people of all ages.
The idea appeals to everyone, not only those activists and intellectuals who seriously study and campaign
The original inspiration for this campaign was the plan for a Peace Garden in a naval city in the United Kingdom
A Peace Garden has been proposed in the naval town of Portsmouth on the South Coast of the U.K.
The proposed location is an existing public open space, close to a Comunity Centre and cafe. At present discussions are ongoing.
It is also proposed that schools can have their own mini Peace Gardens if they have a little space in their grounds.
Mike Maybury, the man behind this initiative, is hoping that cities, towns and villages throughout the world research into Peace and Non-violence and use suitable images and stories in the planning of such Peace Gardens.
Such public open spaces may well serve, in the future, to inspire people of all generations to consider how best to achieve peace in our communities and the world, without resort to threats, intimidation and violence.
Rather than appealing only to keen activists, such Peace Gardens, just by being in well frequented locations in our cities and towns, may serve as a way to introduce people of all ages to the ideas of Gandhi, Martin Luther King and others who have used peaceful methods to solve disputes.
The original inspiration for Peace Gardens came from the non-violent campaigns of Mahatma Gandhi that led to the eventual freedom of India and Pakistan from British Colonial rule.
In your own garden at home you may wish to put aside a small space that will link with others spread throughout the world.
Gardens around religious or other buildings may well have a small area devoted to Peace. As time passes people will interpret peace in their own way which may be relevant to their own communities, but based, as always, on the principles of satyagraha or non-violence espoused by Mahatma Gandhi.
What do you think will be suitable images or symbols to include in such Peace Gardens?
What ideas do you have?
Could you persuade your village, town or city to have Peace Garden?
Could you form a group to raise funds?
Could you interest your children's school in having a Peace Garden?