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A CGI of the peace garden being created at Keele University thanks to donations from alumni and supporters.

Green light for Peace Garden commemorating Keele University’s 75th anniversary 

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Construction is due to get underway on a unique new Peace Garden on Keele University’s campus after planners gave the project the green light.

The garden is being built as part of Keele’s 75th anniversary celebrations, and will serve as a lasting legacy of the anniversary year for visitors to the campus, and the entire university community, to enjoy.  

Funded entirely through alumni donations, the garden will be located in-between the university Chapel and Cherry Tree Walk.  

It will encompass screening, benches, and natural meadow planting to provide a central place for rest and reflection, and a location for wellbeing initiatives to take place.  

The garden will also include a sculptural art installation by artist Philip Hardaker to be positioned within a central seating area, with a plaque commemorating the anniversary and the alumni donations that have made the garden possible.   

The design of the garden will also incorporate tiles with images and messages of peace, including over 150 tiles designed by visitors to this year’s Keele Day celebration – who created the tiles at interactive workshops at the event – alongside some heritage tile designs.  

Lauren Huss, Head of Alumni and Supporter Engagement at Keele University, said: “We are thrilled to announce our new Keele Peace Garden, directly next to our iconic Chapel and in celebration of our 75th Anniversary. This garden is possible only because of the generous donations from our alumni and supporters, which have fully funded its creation.   

“The idea for this garden came about in direct response to feedback from students, who felt the campus needed a space for reflection and contemplation. The central location was chosen to ensure that the garden remains as accessible as possible and that those using the space are not isolated from the activity on campus. We can’t wait to see the garden come to life over the coming months.”  

Nigel Pye

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