DESIGNING A GARDEN OF PEACE
POSSIBILITIES AND LIMITATIONS FOR RESPONSIBLE USE
The Garden of Peace is an open project, customizable by the involved entities, in compliance with the terms set by the agreement that The Garden of Peace association signs with the custodian. The use of the garden is regulated to ensure its integrity, prohibiting its use for propaganda, commercial, or political purposes. The association ensures the garden’s harmony with the landscape: its creation requires careful planning and the active involvement of the community.
The 21 varieties of olive trees that compose the garden come from the World Germplasm Bank of the Olive Tree in Cordova, Spain. The garden offers multiple uses, generating peace through a walk among olive trees from 21 Mediterranean and other nations. The Garden of Peace is also a multifunctional space for cultural events that strengthen its identity and involve the entire community.
The active participation of young and elderly in the olive gardens further broadens the concept of serenity and reconciliation. These gardens are not just places for intercultural encounters, but also spaces where the tradition rooted in olive growing is preserved and passed on. Young people have the opportunity to learn from the knowledge passed on by the elderly, an intergenerational interaction that promotes respect for history and ancestral wisdom, strengthens community ties, and enriches the cultural identity of the involved individuals.
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