The new flagship of OneJAIN project is bringing together all Jain organisations in the UK to establish a permanent Ahimsa Peace Forest & Ahimsa Peace Garden to promote non-violence, one of the cardinal principles of the Jain faith and guiding value of Mahatma Gandhi's political movement and life's work.
Harrow council has set aside land at Kenton Recreation to support an initiative by the Jain community to create a Peace Garden and Forest in commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi's 150thbirth anniversary this year.
Over 1500 trees and flowering bulbs will be planted to create a landmark space in the heart of harrow which will enrich the local community by providing a green and tranquil space for generations to enjoy. The project was launched on 25thAugust with the planting of the first 'Peace Tree' at the Jain temple in Kenton.
The OneJAIN project will be executed and managed by member organisatio Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur UK. The Ahimsa Peace Forest will be planted on Sunday 16thNovember to coincide with National Interfaith Week and the project cost is estimated to be between £15,000-£18,000 and will be funded by donations from the Jain community.
The project falls under a wider environmental initiative called 'Planting for Peace' which aims to spread the message of peace and harmony. The initiative reflects and encourages concern for the environment and for peace in all communities by planting Peace Trees, Peace Gardens and even Peace Forests across the country.
It is supported by Harrow Council, The High Commission of India, Interfaith Network, Religions for Peace, Trees for Cities and others.