Posted by: offmotorway | June 29, 2010

Hidden Garden in South East London – New sundial unveiled

The Amnesty Peace Garden in the grounds of Charlton House  in East London was designed as a place of tranquil retreat.  The garden was opened in 2006 by comedian Jo Brand, who said “‘Anyone who wants to escape the mean streets of Greenwich for a few tranquil minutes, should definitely pop into this beautiful Amnesty garden.”

Charlton House Amnesty Peace Garden

Jo Brand unveils statue in Amnesty Peace Garden

Jo Brand launching Amnesty Peace Garden

Jo Brand launching the Amnesty Peace Garden

On Sunday, at the annual Charlton House Horn Fair, a new feature was unveiled in the garden.  A sundial has been placed in a sunny corner of the garden to mark the Amnesty campaign to Stop Violence Against Women.  Written on the sundial is ‘Women Hold Up Half the Sky’, to remind visitors that violence against women is a problem for the whole of society and we should all strive to end such violence.  The unveiling was attended by Barbara Barwick, the Mayor of Greenwich, Sean Daly from Charlton Athletic FC, Heather Harvey from Amnesty International and Mary Wright from the Amnesty Women’s Action Network.
sundial in Amnesty Peace Garden, Charlton House

The sundial in the Amnesty Peace Garden, Charlton House

Amnesty Peace Garden, Charlton House

Amnesty Peace Garden, Charlton House

 The garden is a wonderful place to visit, while Charlton House itself is steeped in history.  The house is the finest and best preserved Jacobean mansion in the London area, is a vital part of the local community, and also has a cafe.  Charlton House is at Charlton Road, London SE7 8RE‎ (020 8856 3951‎), and can be reached by train and bus (nos 53, 54, 380, 422).

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