The Oban Tree of Tranquility was installed in June 2019 and sites in the beautiful grounds of Dunollie Museum and Castle. We worked closely with the team at Dunollie Museum Castle and Grounds to choose a sheltered, quiet area to make this a special place for everyone to visit. In addition to the Tree of Tranquillity we also created a natural seating area and a pathway to provide easier access to the tree site. 

The Tree bears individual leaves which have been engraved with a personal message, each one representing a forever loved and missed baby.

We would like to thank the following for their help and support with this project :

• The Trustees of Dunollie Museum Castle and Grounds, who have supported us throughout this project, provided a perfect location for our tree and have allowed us to create a pass allowing free lifetime access to anyone who has a leaf on the tree so that they can visit at any time.

• The Co-op in Inveraray who raised over £2600 to support this project

• Susan Simpson, our Highland Ambassador, her husband Andrew and her daughters Charis & Niamh who unveiled the Oban Tree of Tranquillity in memory of their siblings Eilidh Beth and Alex.

• The local Oban High School pathway students who have played a huge part in clearing the grounds and laying a path to the Tree site.

To request a leaf for the Oban Tree of Tranquillity Click here and select “Oban”.  

As soon as you request a leaf for our Tree of Tranquillity we will add your details to our database to be held indefinitely so that you can return your leaf to us whenever you feel ready. We will also let you know when leaves are being attached, make you aware of any awareness events at your preferred tree location (i.e our annual Butterfly Releases) and we will inform you of any incidents or damage.

When your leaf is sent to you we will include details of our recommended engraver(s). These are individual(s) that we have spoken with who understand the importance of the Tree of Tranquillity and the leaf that you are entrusting them to engrave (however you are welcome to take your leaf to an engraver of your choice).

Once your leaf has been engraved, please return it to SiMBA in the packaging provided, remember to include your completed return a leaf form!

We add leaves to our Trees of Tranquillity at regular intervals throughout the year. As soon as your leaf has been attached we will send you a photograph of your leaf on the Tree of Tranquillity so that you can see exactly where it has been positioned and we will send you a pass that allows you and those closest to you the opportunity to visit the Tree of Tranquillity without paying any entrance fee.

If you would like to speak to SiMBA about your leaf for the Tree of Tranquillity please email Fiona on Fiona.lovatt@simbacharity.org.uk

 

** Update from Dunollie Museum Castle and Grounds - 10/7/20 **

After much consideration, Dunollie has taken the decision not to open the visitor’s site in the traditional way it has done in previous years. Instead, Dunollie will be hosting a series of pre-booked activities. This will include things such as Castle Tours, access to our new Women of Dunollie Exhibition, Outdoor Explore Club and more to be announced. 

For the health and safety of their staff, volunteers and visitors, access to the Museum, Castle & Grounds will only be granted through pre-booked activities. The Kettle Garden Café will also be closed to general visitors. 

Access will still be available to the Tree of Tranquility for all SiMBA cardholders but please be aware that you may have to show your card a little more than normal as the team monitor the number of people that they have onsite at any one time. 

We would also urge caution and encourage those visiting to look at the temporary signage on site. During lockdown nature has been enjoying itself and as a result there are extensive site works taking place including tree felling. 

 

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