Residents of the Baltic Triangle were shocked to watch the recently designed and constructed Peace Garden which was opened for the Eurovision Song Contest wrecked by a number of youths who ripped up and burnt on a bonfire all wooden structures including the signs and fencing around the garden.
It is bad enough to think that anyone might imagine this was a good idea, or indeed a bit of fun, or something acceptable to do to have a good bonfire night but to do it to a designated Peace Garden for Ukraine desecrating a site lovingly and carefully put together to remember all the people, including children and young people, killed so far in the invasion by Russia of their country. Of course the news has gone nationwide on social media and puts the whole city into a poor light.
Local councillors have responded and Radio Merseyside went to the site to interview people who were there about what they thought. The City Council is already looking into what they can do to try and restore the Garden but one really has to ask if this is likely to happen every Bonfire Night.
There is a history of issues in this space which Engage has reported on previously: The rise and fall of Baltic Green
- Liverpool Echo 07.11.23 Moment ‘gang of idiots’ destroy Peace Garden in Baltic Triangle.
- BBC News 07.11.23 Ukrainian Peace Garden in Liverpool damaged by ‘appalling’ vandalism