The Tree of Tranquillity bears individual leaves which have been engraved with a personal message, each one representing a forever loved and missed baby. The garden is surprisingly calm and peaceful for being in the centre of the city. The bustle of the city is muted both by the surrounding stone walls and the vegetation, giving those who visit a quiet place to spend time and reflect.
In December 2019 the Orkney Mens Shed built and installed a shelter for those visiting the Tree of Tranquillity site in Kirkwall. Nick Morrison from the Orkney Mens Shed told us : "It was fitting that the last planks of the shelter were fixed in place by a Grandfather whose family was so affected."
The Orkney Tree of Tranquillity is situated on Victoria Street, opposite the William Shearer Hardware store. If the gates are locked please ask for the keys inside the Hardware Store.
Monday to Saturday 9-5.30pm. Access may be possible out with hours upon request.
To request a leaf for the Orkney Tree of Tranquillity Click here and select “Orkney”.
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.
If you would like to speak to SiMBA about your leaf for the Tree of Tranquillity please email Fiona on Fiona.firstname.lastname@example.org
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