National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Garden of International Friendship


Type Landscape

     The garden includes a viewing tower and a large red sandstone wall with 'windows' that echo the remnants of Coventry's city wall nearby. In addition there is a low semi-circular hedge maze in clipped box on white spar chippings in the northern part of the garden. Designed by Kate Whiteford, it is based on an elaborate floor tile design in which concentric rings radiate from one corner of the tile in such a way that four placed together form concentric circles. This design was often found in medieval cathedrals, including Coventry's St Mary's. The concentric arcs of hedging and gravel roughly correspond with arcs in shallow relief on a gently curved wall opposite the maze across an intervening footpath. In the southern part of the garden, a sculpted triangular earth mound adjoins the viewing platform. The theme of international friendship is picked out in lettering on the walls and viewing platform.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Whiteford, Kate Designer
Dominic Scott of Robert Rummey Associates, None Designer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Garden Glass, sandstone, gravel, hedges, trees, grass, lavender and landscaping None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMcvCVxx223 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
Structural condition
Road Hales Street
Precise location between Lady Herbert's Garden and Hales Street
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design 2000
Year of unveiling 2000
Unveiling details 13 July 2000
Commissioned by Coventry City Council
Duty of care Coventry City Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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