Little did we know back in January 2018, when we first collected in the branches from Arthurs Seat and carefully attached paper cherry blossom that one year on the tree would have passed through so many hands and given life to so many thoughts and ideas. The branches started of at an event at Northfield and Willowbrae when local residents used the Chinese New Year to celebrate the coming together of local projects, schools, older people and businesses to look at how they could work together to tackle loneliness in the area. The year was to be the year of the dog (a year celebrating honesty, friendliness, faithfulness, loyalty and responsibility). The first leaves to grow on the tree were covered in messages from local residents including their hopes and dreams for the area and what they loved about it.
After this initial event the tree was transplanted to the Chinese School in Edinburgh where it took centre stage in their New Year celebrations.
Fast forward to October 2018 when Volunteer Edinburgh gave the tree a new lease of life and used it to hang 150 volunteering quotes from its branches in recognition of the life changing impact volunteering can have on people’s lives and to mark Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council (EVOC) turning 150 years old. Scroll through the slider above to view photos of the tree and click on one of the images to view a larger version.