Our Peace Garden is a public space in the centre of Hitchin surrounding the Friends Meeting House. It is situated in the old burial ground at 1 Paynes Park, Hitchin, SG5 1EH. Peace Gardens bring communities together, and bring people and nature together. We’ve been developing ours as a quiet retreat for everyone – but at the moment, it doesn’t have a focal point.
The Garden has been developed over the last 4 years and to complete it we would like your help to fund a steel sculpture at the front. We’ve already created a dove-shaped pond, and added a multi-coloured picnic table and a Peace Pole adorned with peaceful inscriptions. We are making a mosaic to go along the building under the windows. You can find a comfortable bench to sit and eat your sandwiches, or try the hard ‘Conscientious Objection Seat’ for gathering your courage.
We would like to put an inspiring sculpture at the front of the Peace Garden opposite the end of Brand Street. The sculpture is called Unity and was designed by two boys at Hitchin Boys’ School. It will be 2 meters high and professionally made by a public art sculptor, Diane Maclean, in brushed stainless steel. It will be surrounded with paving so that it is accessible to anyone.
The total cost is £10,000: £8,000 for the sculpture, £2,000 to light it and surround it with paving. We would like to raise £5,000 from crowdfunding. Can you help us meet this target? North Herts District Council have pledged £2,000 if we raise the rest. All donors, large and small, will be asked to the Peace Garden Opening Ceremony. If you feel drawn to make a significant contribution we would be happy to discuss with you how that might be recognised.
THANK YOU from the Hitchin Peace Garden project.
(Chris Kell at [email protected])