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Peace Gardens

The Gardens

Weymouth Peace Garden is a community garden created to promote a commitment to peace and understanding in the local area.

The garden lies on the site of an old burial ground, once owned by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). In the 17th and 18th centuries the Quakers offered the burial ground not only to their own community but to other ‘non conformists’ of Weymouth & Portland too.

In 1925 the deeds of the Burial Ground, now known as Quakers Grove, passed to the Mayor and the Council of Weymouth & Melcombe Regis. Sadly, the site fell into disuse and became overgrown with dense brambles, ivy, saplings and thick undergrowth.

Volunteers across Weymouth & Portland started work in September 2009 to clear the site, draw up a design, plant bulbs and shrubs, lay paths and introduce seating to produce a garden of calm and meditation that is now enjoyed by local residents and visitors.

People are encouraged to find their own way around this secluded garden. Visitors can experience walking the labyrinth, enjoy a time of silence amongst the landscaped garden or prefer a moment of reflection by the peace pole.

Historically, Quakers have worked for peace, justice and equality, making the site of the garden a perfect place to honour their strong commitment to peace.

The garden is managed by a dedicated group of volunteers with the support of Weymouth Town Council. The volunteers are proud to continue the message of peace and all they ask is that visitors respect the contemplative nature of the garden and the personal space of others.

Situated in Barrack Road (adjacent to the Nothe Tavern), the garden is open all year with working parties taking place on the first and third Saturday of the month from 10am. Anyone with a bit of time to spare is welcome to join.

If you are interested in holding an event in the peace garden, please email: weymouthpeacegarden@hotmail.co.uk.