Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the first mailing event of

ACORN PEACE by JOHN & YOKO Spring 1969

On Saturday 2nd May 2009, 40 years after the original mailing of John & Yoko’s 1969 ACORN PEACE, YOKO ONO will mail 123 ACORN PEACE boxes to world leaders and heads of state, hoping they will plant them in their garden and grow two oak trees for WORLD PEACE.


ACORN PEACE consists of 2 acorns in a transparent case which is inscribed “ACORN PEACE by JOHN & YOKO Spring 2009”.


On 15 June 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.

“Caught the early plane back to London
Fifty acorns tied in a sack
The men from the press said ‘we wish you success
It’s good to have the both of you back.”
The Ballad of John and Yoko
recorded by The Beatles, 1969.


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.

“Enclosed in this package we are sending you two living sculptures –
which are acorns – in the hope that you will plant them in your garden and grow
two oak trees for world peace.

Yours with love,
John and Yoko Ono Lennon”


A collection of thank you letters from several world leaders was received by the couple and these letters have been kept by Yoko. A selection of these letters can be seen further down the page.

Rolling Stone issues 74 & 75

In 1971, Rolling Stone magazine asked John Lennon whether he and Yoko had received any reaction from the political leaders who received the original acorns. He said: “Different heads of state actually planted their acorns, lots of them wrote to us.. …I believe Golda Meir said ‘I don’t know who they are but if it’s for peace, we’re for it’ or something like that. There were quite a few people who understood the idea”.

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band

Yoko Ono continues to spread the message of peace through various media and events.
She will be playing a UK concert as part of the Meltdown Festival in London on June 14.
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band make their live UK debut at the Royal Festival Hall that night.
In the meantime Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band have finished their new album. Release details soon.

Lyrics from “The Ballad of John and Yoko” (Lennon/McCartney) ©1969 Sony/ATV Music Publishing, LLC.


Letter to President and Mrs. Obama: May 2, 2009

Letter to Obama


Thankyou Letters: 1969/70

United Kingdom





Kuala Lumpur


South Africa


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12 Responses to YOKO ONO’s ACORN PEACE Spring 2009 – sending to 123 World Leaders

  1. Charles says:

    Watching LENNON NAKED from Masterpiece Theatre, I wondered what Yoko was doing these days.

    First of all, Happy Birthday! How wonderful to see you are still working/creating, LIVING!
    Life, unfolding as it does, has been quite a wondrous thing.

    I find each day full of new challanges/experiences.

    Peace allows us to grow. How very nice of you.


  2. Dick says:

    RE: Acorn Peace; Brilliant, I never knew about this before… So brief, so simple, so powerful and such ART. At your service GODDESS OF PEACE, YOKO. Love from Dick 🙂

  3. happyseaurchin says:

    noticed ono’s genius a while back

    after forty years
    this time really needs the sixties to lead with their wisdom of years

    we are all invited
    hope you can make it

  4. Thank you Yoko Ono for all of the work you have done to make the world a better place to live. I am honored to be a part of your website.

  5. WorldPeace says:

    Would love to see any pictures of the fruits of peace from 40 years ago.let us know on twitter: WorldPeace2Day Also, Melanie Safka (Woodstock performer 40 years ago too!) has just announced the International Singer Songwriter Hall of Fame recognizing that music is the language of the world. ISSHF mission is to honor those who have contributed their work to World Peace either by song writing, performing or anything they did to help the world. I am the European Director. or Melanies site at for more info. thank you Yoko, we love you and we Love John!

  6. tao_of_pooh says:

    Any pics of the trees planted in 1969 growing? Would l ove to see the fruits of your labour growing. Peace

  7. Jessica Breanne says:

    Absolutely Fantastic!!! I hope they all except

    I Love what your doing!!!

    Its nice to know there are still people out there who want Peace <3

    I love you all <3


    Peace Love Freedom

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  9. minuka says:

    “we are all on the same page.”

    hehe, I love that! 🙂 thanks yoko.

    <3 Laura

  10. jorge says:

    Sweet John and Yoko: Let’s hope they hear your call.
    Now, that they are lost, disoriented, shaken given the recent events, it’s the right time to make them see that Peace has to be their main priority.
    Let’s hope they could understand that by making these tender acorns grow strong and tall it’s the best way to make us feel that we all enjoy and share that same dream of Peace.

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