A wasteground area for more than 100 years next to Hampstead Heath station, the site was bought by local traders, residents and visitors, who financed it and volunteered to help transform this waste site into a woodland garden
Tony Panayiotou designed the ponds and soft landscape, while Michael Wardle laid the hard landscaping. Consultants Simon Berry and Andy Darragh remain on board as advisers.
Peace tiles from Friends of the Peace Garden greet visitors inside the entrance at the top of timber steps. Either side of the steps are informal seating arrangements for appreciating performances from a stage at the bottom. There are three small ponds with varied, fragrant blossom planting. The garden features climbers, magnolias and interesting pathways.
This is a sanctuary, a place to contemplate peace, while children love the sheer adventure of this woodland place - despite the contradiction of being next to Hampstead Heath station. Let's encourage more community peace gardens, please.
The World Peace Garden Camden won the Time Out Love London Award 2016 for Local Culture in Hampstead.