On a sunny November afternoon - Remembrance Sunday - The Worshipful Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Janet Mote and Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East, along with members of the interfaith community and park users of the Harrow Recreation Ground gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the latest addition to the Ahimsa Peace Garden - a specially commissioned stone sculpture entitled ‘Unity in Diversity’.
Ashwin Mehta, trustee of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur, shared the vision behind the newest addition to the garden: “the unique sculpture was commissioned with the purpose to initiate conversation as well as celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Harrow. The stones are a rich combination of different shapes, sizes, colours and textures – just like us! We hope the Peace Garden will also serve as a space for interfaith dialogue, peace prayers and community gatherings to further strengthen the universal message of peace.”
Jane Galbraith, Chair of Harrow Recreation Ground Users Association, added: "The Stone-Stack Sculpture is a great addition for the enjoyment of all park users. We are grateful to OneJAIN and all the Community Gardeners for this and other improvements to the garden."
Once our distinguished guests had completed the unveiling and shared their inspiring thoughts, they rolled up their sleeves and started the job of planting bulbs and lavenders in the bed surrounding the new sculpture, risking their smart clothes and even Madam Mayor’s white gloves!
All in attendance, including many excited children, were invited to join in together for community activities including the planting around the stone feature, writing inspiring words on the colourful flags which were then put up around the garden fence, and decorating peace pebbles to gift to friends.
OneJAIN, an umbrella organisation for Jain community groups in the UK, sponsored the enhancement of the Sensory Garden and Picnic Area at the Harrow Recreation Ground into the Ahimsa Peace Garden in 2020, as part of the Planting for Peace initiative of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur.
In addition to being an oasis of tranquility for the diverse local community of Harrow, the garden also serves as a space for interfaith dialogue, peace prayers and community gatherings to further strengthen the universal message of peace.
The garden is now developed and maintained jointly by Harrow Council and Harrow Recreation Ground Community Gardeners.
We always welcome new volunteers to help maintain the Ahimsa Peace Garden. You can contact the Community Gardening Team by filling in the “Contact Us” form on this website, or by sending an email to email@example.com.
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