recently I had the privilidge of being a guest of President of Ireland Michael D Higgins in Aras an Uachtarain with Youth Action Northern Ireland for special garden party...here's some pics from around the garden...
The call came in from Connor in Youth Action NI 'Gareth we need a tree'....eh, okay...what for? 'President Higgins is coming to meet us on Saturday and we want to make a Tree of Positive Solutions'....eh.... no problem!
Thankfully I had the great kids from St Patricks Primary to help me on this one.
I explained the project to the kids and then we went for a dander looking for a tree suitable for a President!
I explained that it was to be about 2m high...and have a load of branches to hand paper leaves on. So we discounted Silver Birch as being too weak so we settled on this Rowan tree. (we had previously did a tree audit around the school grounds with the kids so they're more than familiar with the trees on offer!)
and this is it in situ in St Columbs House, the leaves are words that young people from Youth Action have added to the tree, words which cover a positive action they've taken in their own lives. President Higgins then added to the tree after his meeting.
I hope to have a permanent home for this tree in a high profile location in the City of Culture....
(lots of fancy pictures were taken from the day...so I'll add to this as I get some more from the photgraphers on the day)
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