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Counterpoints Arts

Tuesday 21 June 2022

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Howick Hall Gardens
Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum
NE66 3LB
North East England


NEST - North East solidarity and Teaching




Arts and Culture


Celebratory event to mark the contribution of refugee community in the North East of England by planting a commemorative tree into the ‘United Nations of Trees’ arboretum at Howick Hall Gardens.

In a very welcome and important act of recognition, Lord Howick has invited members of the North Easts Refugee Community to add a tree to the ‘United Nations of Trees’ arboretum.

The arboretum represents a significant and diverse collection of around 11000 trees and shrubs from around the world and planted across 65 acres.  To commemorate Refugee Week 2022, we will be adding to the collection by planting an example of the Indian Horse Chestnut (Aesculus indica), originally from the lowlands of the Himalaya but which because of its great beauty has been a prized as an addition to botanical collections since the 19th Century.

As the theme of Refugee Week 2022 is ‘healing’ and the planting of a tree in the arboretum to mark the diversity and rich contribution the migrant community has brought to the North East of England seem particularly appropriate.  Trees are seen in many cultures as symbols for growth, ecological and mental wellbeing as well as being important parts of the community, contributing materials for building, food and clean air

Entrance fee to access the gardens and the arboretum applies.

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