The Peace Garden near the Sussex Roundabout has been restored and officially opened.
Haywards Heath Town Council officially opened the garden last week after it had been restored Haywards Heath in Bloom Committee, led by Cllr Mrs Sandy Ellis.
Local schools have participated in the restoration; Warden Park provided poetry through a poem entitled PEACE which has been donated by Evie Crowhurst a year 7 pupil and St Joseph’s
School children hand prints have been placed by the poem, which will serve as a permanent reminder to our community and future generations of the importance of peace.
West Sussex Council County have supported the project as Balfour Beatty supplied the materials and put them in place.
The town council’s groundstaff have continued their planting regime.
Mid Sussex District Council gave a grant to pay for the purchase of the plaque and its placement.
The idea for the Peace Garden was originally initiated by former Town Council Mayor, Mrs Irene Balls.
Haywards Heath Town and its In Bloom Committee hope the garden will create an oasis of peace in a busy town environment, providing a restful and calming space for rest and contemplation.
The Garden has also been designed to act as a pollinating green area in the town.
Cllr Sandy Ellis - Chairman of Haywards Heath in Bloom says Councillor Sandy Ellis“The project aim was to restore a very dated and tired Peace Garden to its fully glory and use this as a tool to educate the younger generations on the meaning of peace and sustainability.
“We hoped to create a calm and restful place to rest and reconnect with nature and the community at large.
“These type of areas are good for everyone’s mental and physical health and a play big part in creating sensory and pollinating green spaces in a busy town environment.”
Local businesses that have supported the project include the Orchards Shopping Centre paid for the art work by Mr Alasdair Craig, the Co-Op Funeral Care provided funding and donated a granite bench, Paul Masson Funeral Directors have sourced the plaque and sponsored the release of doves at the opening event.