College kids have helped build a beautiful 100ft extended “Path of Peace” in a tranquil church garden in Edinburgh.

Youngsters from Duddingston and Parsons Green key schools produced 80 tiles for the pebble mosaic project at Duddingston Kirk Glebe.

Bill Holden, six, and Daniel Creelie, 11, from Parsons Green Principal College crouching by the tile they produced

They are decorated with peace symbols such as doves, hearts and the CND logo which represents nuclear disarmament.

The path, which will ultimately wind by means of the 4-acre web page on the banks of Duddingston Loch, was officially opened now by Tommy Sheppard, MP for Edinburgh East.

Youngsters from the two schools had been the initially to stroll along it and all these in attendance had been invited to commit themselves to reside in peace and bear in mind these impacted by current tragic events in Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Northern Ireland.

Mr Sheppard mentioned: “I’m delighted to be in a position to join with members of the congregation, neighborhood neighborhood and the pupils who have constructed this path to celebrate their perform.

“It’s an honour to officially open the path and to congratulate all these involved for their challenging perform in making a lasting legacy.”

Glebe peace path
The Path of Peace is 100ft extended

The kids involved in making style slabs for the path – beginning final summer season – had been from P1 and P5-six classes.

Rev Dr Jim Jack, minister of Duddingston Kirk, mentioned: “In a planet of so a great deal conflict, with a great deal of it carried out in the so known as name of religion, peace is generally overlooked,” he added.

“Most men and women of faith and of none have a deep wish to reside in peace and a planet of mutual respect, acceptance and acknowledgement of a prevalent humanity.

“The church gardens are open for anybody to come and stroll the path of peace and to pray for planet peace.”

Reflection

The Path of Peace, which took 12 months to build, was funded by a £6,700 National Lottery Awards for All grant.

It functions tens of thousands of colourful stones, sourced from Scottish quarries and from as far afield as Japan.

A metal sculpture of a Galloway Vine adorns the wall subsequent to the path and men and women can engrave the name of a loved a single on a copper leaf and hang it on a single of the 170 pegs.

Space has been produced at the base of the artwork for the internment of ashes and men and women are invited to lay reduce flowers and sit quietly on a bench to reflect.

Galloway Vine
Galloway Vine memorial tree

Project manager, Lizz Spence, mentioned the path was a labour of like for kids who had been in P5-six and P1 classes final session and about 20 volunteers who produced it.

She revealed that the sub-base was dug by men and women serving neighborhood payback sentences for crimes they have committed.

Ms Spence mentioned: “We are delighted with the Path of Peace which is a welcome addition to the Glebe.

“It is a gorgeous location of tranquillity in the heart of Edinburgh exactly where men and women can come and escape the buzz of the city.

“It has been a incredibly extended, labour intensive project and the pupils, who worked with each other on a buddy program, had been provided tiny boxes lined with plastic and they pushed stones into potters clay which held the style in location.

“Myself and some of the volunteers turned them into 30cm square slabs, produced extra pebble mosaic about them, and place them in location along the path.

“It appears beautiful and provided that stones final a extended time, it is good to feel that the pupils will be in a position to come back and pay a visit to with their grandchildren.”

Lizz Spence
Lizz Spence

Susan Cochrane, head teacher at Parsons Green Principal College, mentioned older pupils had previously participated in a peace project with a companion college in Tanzania.

“When the chance arose to perform with their buddies and build their personal peace legacy at the Glebe in the type of a path that will hopefully final for generations, it was as well great an chance to resist,” she explained.

“The kids in each classes completely enjoyed operating with each other and making a lasting contribution to the neighborhood neighborhood and we are grateful to be portion of such a constructive and an inspiring project.

“We hope that whoever walks this Path of Peace inside the gorgeous setting of the Glebe will take a moment to reflect, love and be inspired by the message of peace it represents for the complete neighborhood.”

Peace of Dove
A symbol of peace

Karen Morris, head teacher of Duddingston Principal College, mentioned pupils had been proud to be involved in making the Path of Peace.

“Primary five pupils specifically enjoyed the sense that they had been portion of adding to several other neighborhood groups tiles and with each other had been advertising a peaceful stroll by means of this amazing garden even though contemplating thoughts of peace and sense of neighborhood,” she added.

“They also loved the thought that this path would nonetheless be right here extended immediately after they are and nonetheless be a symbol of peace all through the neighborhood and wider planet.”

The Duddingston Glebe was traditionally the field exactly where the minister could tether his horse and develop crops to augment his meagre stipend.

These days, it is utilised for a assortment of purposes and two groups which assistance men and women with finding out requirements are at the moment cultivating vegetables and herbs.

Honey

Plants are grown for sale and 4 bee hives had been not too long ago installed.

It is hoped that honey will quickly be served and sold in Duddingston Kirk’s Garden Area café.

The Glebe, which is supported by the Church of Scotland’s Go For It fund, is subsequent to Dr Neil’s Garden.

The award winning garden, which is run by an independent trust, contains Thomson’s Tower and the Museum of Curling.