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19 September 2009
Nature Reserve Peace Sculpture It was a perfect summer’s afternoon for the unveiling of the new Peace Sculpture in the Grove Park Nature Reserve today. The sculpture , designed by local artist Heather Burrell, and paid for by a grant from the Lottery, can be seen from the train and is a great addition to this open space.

Mark Ingleby, Chair of the Friends of the Reserve, had very kindly invited me, Lewisham’s Mayor Sir Steve Bullock and Cllr Susan Wise (Cabinet Member for Customer Services) along to join in the celebrations. We were treated to another performance by the choir of local school children who sang at the opening of the Desmond Tutu Peace Garden in July and it was a chance to formally congratulate the Reserve on gaining a Green Pennant for the first time.

Over the last few years, I’ve helped the Friends Group to gain funding for their initiatives and have been happy to be a referee for some of their funding applications. The Reserve seems to be going from strength to strength – testament to the hard work of volunteers like Mark who put a huge amount of time into making this small patch of Grove Park Greenery a place to be proud of.

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