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 transform this site into a woodland garden glade.
Tony Panayiotou redesigned 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 and a wishing-well feature with a 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 glade - despite the contradiction of being next to Hampstead Heath station. Let's encourage more community peace gardens, please.
The garden won the Time Out Love London Award 2016 for Local Culture in Hampstead.
Andy Darragh/T.Panayiouto/Michael Wardle /Simon Berry