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A green haven

Peace Garden
Photo by Bill Maskell, Patcham Area Editor

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  • When the gardens were first laid out in the 1920s the central low-hedged feature enclosed a small pond in the centre. In the pond was a stone nymph who gazed into the depths at the northern end of the pool. Does anyone know whatever became of her?

    By Peter Booth (27/10/2006)
  • My friend Sylvia Cooper and I lived opposite the Peace Gardens and played regularly there as small children. One day when the pond was a sheet of ice I waded out into the middle. The freezing water came over the top of my wellingtons and I was in trouble when I arrived home. Fortunately it wasn’t too deep! I used to know a Peter Booth who lived at Withdean. I think he worked for Shoreham Airport taking aerial photos. Is that you?

    By Una Aldridge (Mitchell) (03/11/2009)
  • I loved the Peace Garden and as a child spent a lot of time there. I remember roller skating in the gazebo if it rained and we used to float our shoes across the pond. (And I thought I was a well-behaved child.) I also did some of my courting there, with the seating recessed into the hedges it felt secluded.

    By June Churchill (nee Bates) (22/01/2010)
  • I visited the Peace Gardens last summer. I wish I hadn’t, I could have cried. They are totally neglected. The flower beds were full of brambles and even a horse chestnut (about 3′ tall) in one border. Only the grass is kept short, that is all. The gazebo has fallen victim to the vandals with spray cans. How can the parks and gardens neglect it so?

    By June Churchill (17/03/2013)
  • I think it would be well worth while revisiting the Peace Gardens. In the last year the Patcham U3A have taken the gardens under their wing. They are now making head way restoring the beds and keeping the weeds under control. Well done Patcham U3A!

    By PG (31/05/2013)

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