The Wishing Tree

St John's Centre
Spread festive messages of goodwill, selflessness and hope to all by making a wish this Christmas to hang from this special tree.
Partners & credits:
The Wishing Tree
The Wishing Tree

The messages written on seeded paper will be planted in the New Year to bloom in various city centre locations.

Run in association with other festive family-friendly events – check the website for further details. Operating: 1st-24th Dec during centre opening hours

Activities around the installation:

Sat 16th – Fri 22nd Dec 11am-3pm   

Santa’s Grotto on upper floor balcony – small donation of £2 with proceeds to Alzheimer’s Society

Sat 16th-Fri 22nd Dec 11am – 3pm 

Christmas themed crafts in the Leeds Play Network unit.

Mon 18th-Fri 22nd Dec 10am-5pm    

Christmas craft and gift market (upper mall in unit 4)

The trees hope to create a library of positivity from the diverse voices that make up the great city of Leeds.
Goodwill, kindness and compassion are the key messages of Christmas, which can sometimes get lost in the rush and frenzy we can all get sucked into. The trees hope to bring these messages back to the fore.
The installation hopes to spread Christmas joy by displaying highly personal messages of love, hope and positivity in an anonymous way – reminding us that we are all individuals who collectively make up a whole city.
The St John’s Centre was chosen for its heavy footfall and central location, so as to engage with some of the many people who pass through the centre daily.
The thousands of seeded paper tags were each handcut.
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