Tree of Peace blooms in War Memorial Park

Published Thursday, 12 November 2020

A small young tree has been transformed at Coventry’s War Memorial Park as part of the city’s Coventry Peace Festival.

Lady Godiva, Pru Poretta with the tree

With the help of The Godiva Sisters, the tree has taken on a new life, with colourful ribbons and white doves bearing messages of peace from communities across Coventry.

The city’s Lady Godiva, Pru Porretta, said: “Our World Tree of Peace is part of Coventry’s Peace Festival, which runs till 15 November, it stands witness for Coventry being a city of peace and reconciliation and a city of sanctuary.  

“Throughout lockdown, people are stopping to see and many return with their own messages. The lockdown encourages people to take exercise in the park at a safe social distance, so our tree stands as a special message of hope and remembrance for all those who pass by 

“Our aim is that the public will take the opportunity to reflect and contemplate whilst in the presence of the tree. With over 30 different languages it will promote world peace, the environment and peace building “

Lord Mayor Cllr Ann Lucas, who added her own message at the opening, said: “Thanks to the Godiva Trust, this tree will blossom with multilingual messages of peace collected through different social media channels from Coventry’s many diverse communities.

“The Coventry Peace Festival is an important part of that work and I hope many in our city will find a way to show their support this year. And I hope they also see this beautiful tree come to full bloom with all its many inspiring messages of peace and friendship. “

You can see a film about the tree on YouTube.

Coventry City Council