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Trees and Peace. Yoko Ono, Lennon and Tito

Published 21st July 2010 - 6 comments - 8485 views -

Yoko Ono, Lennon and Tito exhibition

Yoko Ono, Lennon and Tito exhibition

In 1968 John Lennon and Yoko Ono planted two acorns for peace at Coventry Cathedral. The acorns were planted in east and westerly positions, symbolizing the meeting of the couple and the union of their two cultures. This was the first of many peace events that the couple would initiate throughout their lives.
In 1969 John and Yoko mailed acorns and an accompanying letter to a wide variety of prominent figures across the world, asking that the acorns be planted for peace.

One of them was Josip Broz Tito in Yugoslavia. The Museum of Yugoslav History prepared exhibition about this (at the same time with the exhibition about women in socialism. Through the music, documents, photos and objects, the authors wanted to awaken memories of that initiative.
In 2009, forty years after the first one, Yoko Ono recreated the initiative and to send acorns to 123 world leaders and heads of state for world peace.

I could not find data, but hope of all them planted the trees. In the vicinity of the Museum of Yugoslavia there is now forty year old oak. The peace in Yugoslavia, however, did not last that long.


  • Daniel Nylin Nilsson on 21st July 2010:

    The symbolism of trees is very strong. I remember some exhibition about teh role of walntu trees in traditional Bulgarian villages, and also in Sweden it was a tradition that each farm planted a tree that grew really high and survuved generations. Maybe what this oak says is that in spite of wars and human stupidity, the world goes on, and tomorrow can always be peaceful.

  • Larisa Rankovic on 21st July 2010:

    You are right, Daniel. Actually, in Belgrade there is whole The Friendship Park (Park prijateljstva). Here is its description on the blog Belgraded—-park-prijateljstva:
    “Almost two hundred trees were planted in the Friendship park by every world leader and dictator imaginable, all friends of Tito (we still haven’t decided if he was a leader or a dictator). Since his death we had other things to do besides minding trees and numerous plaques were ripped off from their places, but you can still find some interesting ones. This is also a good place to chill, have a picnic or catch some sun in the summer days.”

  • Hussam Hussein on 21st July 2010:

    Thanks Daniel and Larisa! Actually, concerning the friendship park, I think it’s a good idea, and many similar examples exist around the world, known as peace parks! Also in the Jordan Valley there is the project of a peace park!

  • Luan Galani on 21st July 2010:

    Larisa, thanks for this. Trees are indeed a very strong symbol. Loved to know more on this topic in Serbia.

  • Larisa Rankovic on 22nd July 2010:

    Glad you find the story interesting. Thanks for sharing information about similar tree-initiatives around world

  • Sylwia Presley on 25th July 2010:

    really interesting to see the symbol of a tree used here and in other mentioned in comments stories!

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