Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Chinbrook Meadows

Many will have heard the sad news that the amazing anti-apartheid and human rights campaigner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, died recently, aged 90. It is with great pride that we remember his visit to open the Peace Garden in Chinbrook Meadows in the summer of 2009

Archbishop Tutu lived with his family in Chinbrook Road for a few years in the 1970s and so it seemed fitting that we should commemorate this and celebrate his life and work with a garden dedicated to peace. The project was initiated by Cllr Suzannah Clarke who lived in his former home and with help from; a grant, local community groups, Glendale, Lewisham Council and garden designer, Chris Beardshaw the garden materialised and continues to be much visited.

A number of personal tributes have been left in the Peace Garden over recent days to acknowledge and remember Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s tremendous contribution to the world.

On Friday 31st December a small group of peace campaigners will meet at the Tutu Peace Garden to pay tribute, to make statements, share music and read poems. All welcome.

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