Green Light Trust sets up 'Wishing Tree' in Trinity Park in Ipswich
A charity which provides nature-based help to vulnerable people gave thousands of children the chance to express their wishes for the future by setting up a 'Wishing Tree'.
The Green Light Trust set up the tree at The School Farm and Country Fair and The Suffolk Show, in Trinity Park, Ipswich, last Thursday.
Members from the charity made thousands of wooden 'biscuits' on which the children and young people wrote their wishes for the future.
Those who could not attend the show are being asked to post on the Green Light Trust's Instagram page with their wish and they will be added to the tree.
Once finished, the installation will go on permanent display at the Green Light Trust site at Trinity Park as a reminder of the importance of the environment.
It is hoped the installation will be the world’s biggest 'Wishing Tree Sculpture' as measured by the number of young people who have been involved in its construction.
Danny Thorrington, Green Light Trust's delivery manager, said: “As a charity which has been conserving our natural woodlands for over 30 years, we wanted to enable Suffolk young people to express in their own words their wishes for the future of the environment.
"We are hoping that this tree will provide a lasting legacy of the hopes and wishes of Suffolk’s next generation and serve as a reminder that unless we all make some change to our lives to reduce, reuse and recycle, our planet is at risk."
Clare Countess of Euston, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk, said: “What a wonderful project that highlights just how passionately young people feel about the future of our fragile environment.
"Congratulations to the Green Light Trust and everyone involved, and I can’t wait to see and be inspired by the world’s largest wishing tree sculpture.
"At the heart of the celebrations this year for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, hundreds of thousands of trees and hedges are being planted across Suffolk in support of The Queen’s Green Canopy.
"The power of nature is ever present, and together with the Wishing Tree Sculpture, young people are sending a message of hope for the survival of our natural world, and I cannot thank them enough."
Philip Ainsworth, chief executive of the Suffolk Agricultural Association, said: “We are delighted that Green Light Trust has decided to use the School Farm and County Fair to launch what is hoped will be the world’s largest Wishing Tree Sculpture.
"Our association, has long had a manifesto to engage our children and young people in the future and importance of agriculture to our county as well as evangelising how caring for the environment is vital, not only to a thriving countryside, but to the future of our planet."