Japanese Peace Garden of “national significance” to be built in Coventry

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A Japanese Peace Garden is hoped to be an area of “national significance” when it opens in Coventry’s War Memorial Park in the summer.

The project has been designed in conjunction with pupils from five primary schools in the city to help share a message of peace and reconciliation.

It is set to open on June 20 as part of a pupil-led Japan Arts Festival.

Rebecca Bollands, deputy head of Howes Primary School, one of the five schools involved said: “The garden project is of huge importance to the children as they have a strong commitment to their city being an international centre for peace and reconciliation.

“The children decided to create a permanent public space for people to reflect on these important themes.

“It is fantastic that young people are being given the opportunity to take responsibility for peace and reconciliation projects in Coventry.”

The project has been pieced together with the help of renowned Japanese garden designer Robert Ketchell, who has been bestowed with the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Ambassador for his contribution to Japanese gardens in the UK.

The design is known as a ‘karesansui’ garden, or a ‘dry garden’.

A key feature will be the ‘Islands of Peace’, while there will also be a gingko tree, viewing platforms and Japanese cherry trees known as sakura trees, all surrounded by a low wall with a traditional Japanese partial roof

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