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.