Manchester Children’s Peace Trail
Manchester City Centre Children’s Peace Trail will be launched today (4th July 2018) by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor June Hitchen, who will be accompanied by children from Heald Place Primary School and Webster Primary School – they have been exploring the concept of peace and have taken part in the Project G scheme which commemorates world events and sees them planting seeds from Hiroshima derived gingko trees that now grow at their schools.
The new trail will be described by Sean Morris, who is the UK and Ireland Mayors for Peace Chapter Secretary and Principal Policy Officer. he will be joined by Dave Barlow, Biodiversity Officer overseeing Project G.
The children will undertake a short walk of the Trail to visit the Pankhurst collage (Town Hall Extension), the Cenotaph, the nuclear test veterans’ memorial stone, the nuclear weapons-free city plaque and will learn about the importance of Albert Square for demonstrations and events, finally viewing the statues of John Bright and of Abraham Lincoln.
The peace trail has been made possible by a generous grant from Historic England and Manchester City Council has printed copies of the trail and developed a companion website. The children’s trail complements the adults’ trail, whose second edition was an EU-funded passport-sized booklet developed with six other European cities.
Following the 2017 attack on the city, people in Greater Manchester have been promoting various initiatives under the call #WeStandTogether that promotes peace education in schools and this initiative is now available to all schools, youth clubs or the public to explore the history of peace within the city.
Nick Taylor, Chief Executive of the Peace Foundation, attended the launch and welcomed the initiative: “Sometimes we lead such busy lives that we forget to take in our surroundings.
“I believe it is very important that we all realise we are part of a bigger world and that our history can help us determine a positive future. The built environment has lots of amazing opportunities to understand our context in the world and is a wonderful way to experience learning.
“This is particularly true for understanding how we can lead more peaceful lives and supporting children to understand our history and plan for a solid future will be really enhanced by this peace trail.”