Wishing tree brings hope in Iron Acton

July 01 2020
Wishing tree brings hope in Iron Acton

A SYMBOL of hope through lockdown caught the imagination of young and old in Iron Acton.

The wishing tree next to the church was started by resident Judith Mee, who was inspired by a similar project on the Downs in Bristol by artist Lou Baker.

Judith said the tree had attracted colourful messages from people aged from five to 92 and from as far away as Australia, along with a poem by the village postie.

People had been tying positive messages to the Bristol trees during lockdown.

Judith said: “I thought the very visible tree in our front garden could be a similar focus for hopeful messages and positive reflections, helping to support our village community through these challenging times.

I posted an explanatory notice on our front wall, and used social media to spread the word. With health and safety in mind, contributors e-mailed or posted me their messages and I added them to the tree.

The response has been overwhelming and includes contributions from Iron Acton Primary School, North Road Primary School, a poem from our postman and a message from Australia.

I regularly post photos of the messages on Instagram and circulate via village What's app groups. I think it has really helped to keep spirits up.

The aim is to now collate the messages along with photos of Iron Acton pertinent to lockdown into a book to raise funds for charity.

My wish is that this book will be handed down for future generations to learn from and enjoy.”

Wishing tree picture courtesy of Judith Mee