Amazing the Space Peace Pledge Tree unveiled in Derry/Londonderry

Amazing the Space Peace Pledge Tree unveiled in Derry/Londonderry

Sat 21 Dec 2019 by Evan Short

A permanent tribute to Ireland’s largest youth-led peace event – Co-operation Ireland’s Amazing the Space – was unveiled in Ebrington Square on Friday (November 29)

The Amazing the Space Peace Tree is a seven metre high sculpture created by local artist Maurice Harron that will feature peace pledges on its leaves, written by pupils from over 400 schools across Northern Ireland and the border counties of the Republic of Ireland.

Funding has been provided by The Executive Office.

The ‘Amazing the Space’ project was launched in 2016 by The Duke of Sussex Prince Harry and each year the schools who took part reunite to reaffirm their pledges.

 The tree was designed to be a permanent reminder of the work of the young people.

Former Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and The late Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness backed the event and their parties submitted their own peace pledges to the project.

Amazing the Space came from an idea by Rev Dr David Latimer and the tree will be a central feature of the new Ebrington Square on its completion.

The event will be followed a week later with a celebration featuring 500 young people involved in writing the peace pledges in the Foyle Arena on December 6.

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