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Desmond Tutu Peace Garden at Chinbrook Meadows

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14 July 2009
Desmond Tutu Peace Garden Chinbrook Meadows was the place to be today – thanks to the efforts of local Labour party member Suzannah Clarke. The Desmond Tutu Peace Garden, which was Suzannah’s brainchild, had its formal opening and was marked by a visit from the Archbishop himself (as well as some fantastic singing from local school children).

The garden, which was designed by TV star Chris Beardshaw, is a wonderful local tribute to Archbishop Tutu who spent a number of years during the 1970s living in Grove Park – in the house where Suzannah now lives.

It was a glorious day and it was an honour to be there to share in the celebrations. I think it’s completely fitting that somewhere like Lewisham commemorates the inspiring work that the Archbishop has done throughout his life and his struggle against apartheid. All credit to Suzannah for coming up with the idea and making it happen.

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