About the Peace Orchard
Find the Orchard in Coundon Hall Park, Coventry. Parking and access off Tamworth Road CV7 8NJ.
The following tribute was sent during the coronavirus lockdown to Rhys Davies, a teacher at Cardinal Newman school. Rhys is part of the Peace Orchard planning group and has involved hundreds of Cardinal Newman pupils in fence building, wildflowers and bulb planting and creating seating and plaques.
“The Peace Orchard has been and continues to be a joy. It is a regular coffee and picnic stop, where our grandchildren, who we help home school, run to sit on “our” bench to enjoy ham sandwiches and hot chocolate.
Our grandchildren have found and hidden stones, had lots of interesting conversations initiated by the quotes on the benches and have been able to watch the seasons in action. They were fascinated with the tiny apples on the trees this year!
On walks around the Coundon wedge with friends, we stop for coffee and cake in the Peace Orchard. On a sunny day all of the benches are occupied with families and friends taking time away from the stresses and strains of lock down, making the most of the winter rays and views. We have friends who live in other parts of the city, who are so impressed with the work you have done and are busy spreading the word!
So, I just wanted to write to let you know how much pleasure the orchard you have created has given and will continue to give us and say a very big thank you to you and your team …. The Peace Orchard now holds a special place in our hearts and does for many other local people too.”