Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Peace Day Procession

We had the honour of hosting Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Peace Day Procession for the second year running on Friday 20th September. It was a really special morning and luckily we had beautiful weather for it! 


Dr Jane Goodall has been a UN Messenger of peace since 2002. As an English primatologist, she is considered to be the world’s leading expert on chimpanzees. She has worked tirelessly on conservation and animal welfare issues, setting up the Roots & Shoots programme and the Jane Goodall Institute. Her main message encourages us all to live in peace in an environmentally sustainable way. The Roots & Shoots programme branches out across the globe, connecting youth of all ages who share a common desire to help make our world a better place.


The procession in Harmony Woods was attended by Lady Portal Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire, The Mayor Councillor Martin Hatley, the Roots & Shoots team, media representatives, Andover Trees volunteers, 2 giant doves and of course, the 250 local school children plus their teachers. Together, all walked in procession around Harmony Woods, with peace doves in their hands and Jane’s message in their minds – a message that we can live in peace with one another and with nature.

Video above was filmed and edited by John Baxter.

Plus BBC South Today coverage:

Photos by John Baxter.

Written by Alex Marshall.

Wendy Davis