Forest of Dreams project launch

Four week event focuses on spirit of friendship

Merton Council’s exciting Forest of Dreams project will be officially launched by the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Edith Macauley, this week.

The project, organised by the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service and Merton Arts Development, is part of the Spirit of Friendship Programme, launched to support activities taking place in connection with this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

The launch of the Forest of Dreams Festival takes place at Merton Civic Centre at 5pm on Friday 14 June.

At the heart of the festival are three stunning tree structures designed by the acclaimed community artist, Ali Pretty, these will be unveiled at the grand launch. The three trees have messages from school children attached as leaves. Each leaf is a child’s thought about what the main issues are in the world today.

Supporting materials have also been prepared for schools, to raise awareness of the Commonwealth and the vital issues facing its peoples. Education packs have encouraged children to examine, discuss and research these issues, before composing a message for their leaves. Later, leaves will be collated into a tree shaped book that will be presented, by a representative group of children, to the Prime Minister.

Merton schools are taking up the theme, Spirit of Friendship for their own Commonwealth Projects as is the wider community and a borough wide festival of supporting events starts on 15 June for four weeks.

Anyone who would like any further information, should contact Rosemary Demin, Refugee Co-ordinator Merton EMAS 020 8640 7692 or Iqbal Husain, Ethnic Arts and Community Development Officer 020 8545 4197