A tree designed and built by Cheshire’s Young Carers has been officially unveiled by the Mayor of Ellesmere Port.
Councillor Bob Crompton took part in the official ceremony to reveal the 10ft tall Peace and Remembrance Tree, made out of plywood, at the town’s FabLab.
The project has been designed as part of the town’s commemoration of 100 years since the First World War as part of the Ellesmere Port Arts Festival 2014.
Members of the public now have the opportunity to add their own peace and remembrance messages to the tree, until the end of the festival, when the tree will be in full blossom.
Councillor Crompton, who placed his own bespoke message about peace and remembrance as the first wooden leaf on the tree, said: “Ellesmere Port is really coming alive with culture, art and history throughout our first ever arts festival and the hard work and messages that young people have shared through this project have been incredible.
“Cheshire Young Carers is one of my chosen charities for my year in office and I was delighted to meet some of them and see their designs made into reality.”
FabLab manager David Armson, said: “It was a privilege for Fab Lab to be involved in such a brilliant project.
“The young carers really put the hours in and produced an amazing and very impressive end tree. Fab Lab looks forward to people calling in to add their own messages of hope, peace and remembrance.”
The project was made possible by local ward councillors from Ellesmere Port, who made contributions from their budgets to support the festival’s fringe programme of events.
The Arts Festival is part of an increasing cultural program of events in the town as envisaged by the Ellesmere Port Development Board in their Vision and Strategic Regeneration Framework.
Local councillor Justin Madders said: “It was truly inspiring to see the thoughts of the young carers imprinted on the leaves.
“There are many negative comments made about young people but the sentiments expressed by them on the tree show how thoughtful and compassionate our young people can be.”
For more information on Ellesmere Port’s Arts Festival 2014 visit www.theportartsfestival.wordpress.com or email Jochem.firstname.lastname@example.org.