The Wishing Tree

June 12, 2013 § Leave a comment


John_Ramsay_JR_2_webWe are delighted to unveil our new hand crafted Wishing Tree at Edinburgh Zoo, located just south of the gibbon enclosure.

The Wishing Tree was designed and constructed by our very own blacksmith, John Ramsay and it took three weeks to build. He made the tree out of steel and carefully welded all 792 individual leaves imported from Italy on to it, along with six birds and a butterfly that he made by hand.

JR has worked at the Zoo for over 27 years on many of the animal enclosures at both Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park. Over the years he has also made some beautiful animal sculptures, some of which can be seen around the Zoo, including a tortoise behind the sun bears.

Wishing_tree3_bird_webThe Wishing Tree is a magical sculpture helping to make wishes come true. We all have hopes and dreams that we would like to be realised and sometimes the art of writing them down can change them into reality and we hope our tree can help do just that. We are giving you the chance to purchase a unique plaque which we will engrave with your wish and incorporate into the sculpture forever.

Wishing_tree_finished2_webAs well as your engraving you will also receive a special Gift Certificate to acknowledge your wish and personal support. Each plaque costs £300 and all proceeds will help further the charitable work of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

For more information and to order your plaque, please visit http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/support/TheWishingTree.html

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