Joy as Tree of Hope is switched on for a brighter future after the immense loss suffered during the pandemic

A new beacon for a happier future was lit for the first time last night.

The Tree of Hope has been garlanded with lights and will now become a permanent symbol on a busy Paisley road.

The 25-foot high plum tree stands at the front of Mossvale Community Church in Greenock Road.

A crowd of 130 turned up for the switch-on as darkness fell at 8.30pm.

Trunk calling - Corinne Watt, Senior Pastor Hugh Chalk and Razieh Sarafraz
Trunk calling – Corinne Watt, Senior Pastor Hugh Chalk and Razieh Sarafraz
(Image: Lesley Roberts)

People from across the Shortroods area joined the Mossvale congregation as Senior Pastor Hugh Chalk delivered a message of brighter times ahead.

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The church’s Corinne Watt revealed the lights will come on every night, and the effect will be different as the seasons change.

Tree-mendous - the project has inspired togetherness
Tree-mendous – the project has inspired togetherness
(Image: Lesley Roberts)

The ceremony was the culmination of a successful Doors Open Day where people from as far as Edinburgh toured the church.

Corinne said: “After so many losses in 2020 – loss of life, cancellation of events and celebrations – Mossvale wanted to create a beacon of hope that could be seen and appreciated by everyone living or passing through the North of Paisley.

“Our beautiful plum tree has been repurposed as a Tree of Hope. This sculpture of nature and light combined will change in appearance through the seasons, with springtime blossoms, leaves and fruit, through to winter again, providing a comforting radiant glow.

“The tree will remind us that during dark or stormy times there is light, and there is hope.”

Funding for the Tree of Hope was received from the Renfrewshire Council Cultural Recovery, Renewal Fund: Town Centre, Neighbourhood Creative Installations Grant.

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Daily Record – Paisley