Birmingham Peace Garden – UK – Photos

Birmingham Peace Garden

Birmingham Peace Garden

I’ve seen the Birmingham Peace Garden from the bus on my way into town many times.  Last week I finally stopped off to have a look around it – and I’m so pleased that I did.  I had a wonderful feeling of peace as I walked around, even though I was so close to the city centre.

St Thomas church

St Thomas church

History of the Peace Garden

St Thomas’s Church was originally built in 1818 as a Waterloo Church – something that I had never heard of before.  Apparently these churches were built to celebrate peace after the Battle of Waterloo.  In this Wikipedia article you can see the original church.  It was bombed during the war and only some parts of it remain.




The garden was created on the site of the church to celebrate the Queen’s coronation, but it didn’t become a Peace Garden until 1995, fifty years after the end of the war.

Peace garden entrance

Peace garden entrance

The gardens now

The garden as it stands now is a wonderful tribute to those killed during the bombing of Birmingham.  The fence around the garden has many images of doves flying in the metalwork.  These gates lie at the entrance to the garden.

Trees planted in 1998

Trees planted in 1998

In 1998 the G8 summit was held in Birmingham and each national leader planted a tree chosen to be relevant to that country.  These are now mature trees and they contribute to the overall feeling of peace within the garden.

School field across the road

School field across the road

There’s a school playing field across the road and this contributes to the feeling of space – well it does when there are no children playing on it anyway!

May peace prevail

May peace prevail

The wording at the centre of this mosaic reads May Peace Prevail on Earth.  I think that’s a sentiment that we would all echo.

I’m so glad that I have finally stopped off at the Peace Garden and found out so much about it.

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  1. Rose,
    These photos are beautiful. What a lovely place to spend some quiet time.
    Peace is something that seem to evade a lot of people due to the
    pressure they put on themselves.
    Of course we all suffer from worry. I really think enjoying
    simple things like sewing, knitting, walking etc; etc; is a good way
    to achieve peace of mind.
    Peace in our world is so fragile.
    Rose, is this place respected?

    • Hi Mary. I couldn’t agree more. I also find that many churches and cathedrals give a sense of peace as soon as you enter them. There was no one else in the Peace Garden when I visited, but it is certainly neat and well maintained.

  2. Judi pope says:

    What lovely gardens Rose. I love all the doves in the fence.
    Love your quilt too.
    Enjoy Wimbledon. Rafa is my favourite male player and our Aussie, Ash Barty is having an amazing year.

    • Hi Judi. It’s been a really interesting week at Wimbledon – I wonder who we’ll see on Monday. Last year when we went to Wimbledon we actually saw Rafa being escorted down to the practice courts.

  3. Maria Rakaska says:

    Rose, thanks for the visual trip of such a wonderful place. I enjoy your newsletter and the pictures and places you share. I look forward to more pictures and trips.
    Thanks again.

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