STUDENTS and staff at William Parker Sports College opened their new Peace Garden recently.
Parents, teachers and pupils attended the ceremony during which year seven students tied wishes on the flowering cherry trees.
Traditionally it is believed the wishes, which are written on pieces of paper and tied to the branches, will come true as the words are carried away into the wind.
The wishes were quite touching, asking for ‘a cure for cancer’, ‘Grandad to get well’, ‘an end to fighting and war’ and ‘food for children in the world’, among many others.
Natasha Haggart, learning leader, made a speech to the year seven group during the ceremony.
Along with the wish trees, two Royal Oaks were also planted in the garden to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The ceremony will be enshrined in two books, one of which will go to the Queen and the other to the British Library.
The garden is open for the use of all students and will provide a place for quiet reflection to enjoy at lunchtimes.