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Monday 23 October 2017

Dublin mum's idea for trees to help bereaved communities spreads to Australia

The Tree of Hope Team planting a tree. L to R: Chris Collins, Ashling Stanley, Noeleen and Niall Fulham
The Tree of Hope Team planting a tree. L to R: Chris Collins, Ashling Stanley, Noeleen and Niall Fulham

A mum from Tallaght’s idea to plant a “tree of hope” to offer comfort to communities bereaved by suicide has now spread as far away as Australia.

Noeleen Fulham told the Herald that the 50th tree of hope will be planted in The Square in Tallaght this week.

She explained that it was a local councillor who got behind planting the tree in Australia.

“Councillor Mick Duff was heading over to Sydney and I asked him to plant one over there. He went and got permission and planted it in a memorial garden,” said Noeleen.

The idea came to Noeleen after suffering her own personal losses.

“The first tree was planted on March 22 last year in Dodder Park and tree number 50 will be planted on Thursday.

Yesterday saw a “walk of hope” taking place in the Dodder Park in Tallaght.

A bucket collection was done for the Tree of Hope and also for the Hope centre in Tallaght.

Two trees were planted in Clondalkin yesterday afternoon by Noeleen and Ashling Stanley (inset).

fdillon@herald.ie

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