Tree planting celebrates Interfaith Week

A tree has been planted at Birkenhead Central Library to celebrate the recent Interfaith Week that took place there during November.

Interfaith Week was an opportunity to strengthen good interfaith relations at all levels and increase awareness of faith communities in the UK, improving understanding between people of all faiths and none.

As part of the exhibition at Birkenhead Central Library, tree saplings donated by Wirral Council, were given away for visitors to plant at home. Wirral Deen Centre Patron, Pauline Cocker said, “Our local Primary Schools demonstrated their understanding of interfaith and stewardship of our planet by designing badges that combined religion with COP 26.”

A plaque installed at the base of the tree titled ‘More in common’, states: “This tree was planted in celebration of the friendship between local schools, Birkenhead Library and Wirral Deen Centre following Interfaith Week – December 2021 – Pauline Cocker MBE, Patron, Wirral Deen Centre”

The tree planted at the rear of the library yesterday was a flowering cherry, Prunus ‘Accolade’ that will reach an estimated height and spread of 6 x 4 metres in 20 years. During the spring it blossoms with rose-pink flowers.

Pauline Cocker added, ‘’[We celebrated] Interfaith Week with the planting of a flowering cherry. We hope to build on our relationship with our neighbour, Birkenhead Library, as we eventually come out of all Covid restrictions. Thank you everyone, even the local fox popped in!’’

Planting the cherry tree.
The plaque “More in common”

Main image: (L-R) Diane Mitchell Strategic Librarian, Zarah Ross – Faiths4Change, Ruth Mullins, Piara Miah – Wirral Deen Centre Outreach Officer, Neil Sledge – Wirral Deen Centre Education Group, Cllr Liz Grey, Nicola Wallbank – Wirral Council Landscape Manager – Tree Strategy, Pauline Cocker MBE – Patron, Wirral Deen Centre, With spades, helping to plant the tree were Karim and Adam, Andy Heywood – Tranmere Rovers in the Community, Ibrahim Syed – Wirral Deen Centre Community Leader, Sarah Johnson Sayid.

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