Weymouth Peace Garden is a community garden created to promote a commitment to peace and understanding in the local area.
The garden lies on the site of an old burial ground, once owned by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). In the 17th and 18th centuries the Quakers offered the burial ground not only to their own community but to other ‘non conformists’ of Weymouth & Portland too.
In 1925 the deeds of the Burial Ground, now known as Quakers Grove, passed to the Mayor and the Council of Weymouth & Melcombe Regis. Sadly, the site fell into disuse and became overgrown with dense brambles, ivy, saplings and thick undergrowth.
Volunteers across Weymouth & Portland started work in September 2009 to clear the site, draw up a design, plant bulbs and shrubs, lay paths and introduce seating to produce a garden of calm and meditation that is now enjoyed by local residents and visitors.
People are encouraged to find their own way around this secluded garden. Visitors can experience walking the labyrinth, enjoy a time of silence amongst the landscaped garden or prefer a moment of reflection by the peace pole.