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TREE OF KNOWLEDGE TO BE LISTED?

Star Date: 4th August 2009

Late last night we received an e-mail from Chris Marsden of the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS) thanking Salford Star readers for helping to save the Tree of Knowledge from being demolished this morning. The artist, Alan Boyson, is `chuffed',  English Heritage is visiting the site today to see if the artwork can be listed, and TACS is now working with the Council on the possibility of salvaging and re-siting the Tree of Knowledge.

See the letter from TACS below and thanks to all our website readers for your help in saving Salford's Tree of Knowledge.

Please keep the e-mails and comments coming in so we can pass them on to English Heritage...

Tree of Knowledge Now Listed 20.9.09!!!

 


I write to thank the Salford Star for its prompt and sharp article this morning. It undoubtedly led to a stream of informed people contacting the council leader's office. It is certainly a feather in the Star's flat cap.

You may be interested to know that this afternoon I traced the artist, Alan Boyson and have spoken to him at length. He is delighted that there was a campaign to save the mural and that it has had instant popular support. He was chuffed that people have enjoyed the mural for so many years.

The Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS) will support the council in evaluating the possibility of salvaging and resiting the mural.

Early this morning I applied to English Heritage have the surviving gable wall listed as a buildng of architectural or historic interest. EH was processing the request this morning and a site visit is planned for Tuesday. EH staff have been impressed by the popular support for the mural. This is very fast work by them too.

The combined force of the TACS, EH, the Salford Star and its readers has proved to have power. Well done.

Please thank your readership.

I'll keep you posted,

Chris Marsden
Conservation Secretary
Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society

Read the original story here and here

Stop Press: 4:30pm 4th August

A new quote has just arrived from Council Leader John Merry...

"Residents have made it clear to me that they're very fond of this mural and after listening to what it means to local people I'm keen to review the situation to see what we can do to relocate it. We're in talks with English Heritage to see how we can do this and make sure that the piece has a future somewhere in the city."

kay welsby wrote
at 14:01:49 on 29 June 2010
stunned that it was even considered getting rid of this it is one of the most wonderful murals /art i have ever seen thank god sanity previled .

Sarah Slater wrote
at 04:53:57 on 17 August 2009
This is a beautiful piece of art work that should be preserved for future generations. I'm all for change but not at the expense of Salford's heritage. The old should be intergrated with the new, please save our history before it's too late.

Dot tomkinson was Barker wrote
at 06:14:28 on 16 August 2009
keep the tree of knowledge please, its what made our school recogniseable and set us apart from others, dont lose our heritage.

Stewart Lucas wrote
at 04:19:21 on 08 August 2009
Once again Salford Council want to demolish another piece of its peoples heritage. No surprise there hey! I lived close by in Tennyson street and I attended the school from 1977 to 1982. The Tree of Knowledge is a wonderful mysterious enigmatic piece. There's a massive depth to this mural that I never tire of looking at. I hope it is resited somewhere in Salford and it continues to please everyone who looks at it.

ronnie hillyard wrote
at 21:00:05 on 07 August 2009
salford born n bred

IAIN TANDY wrote
at 20:59:57 on 07 August 2009
I was not born "IN SALFORD" but i know of this mural and what it means to friends of mine.Typical of this council,it must be cheaper to demolish than to move. What is it going to be replaced by? Something "Pink" no doubt. Listen to the people I say

donna jackson wrote
at 15:49:08 on 06 August 2009
I understand that times move on and the good old days weren,t always the good old days ,but what we should do our utmost to do is protect our Salford heritage,so that our kids can be as proud to come from Salford as we all our ! We should at least save the what makes salford what it is,The Tree Of Knowledge is part of our history and should be kept for future generations to be proud of,afterall where we we be without history?

Jan Lambden wrote
at 07:59:33 on 06 August 2009
Please Please do not destroy our heritage The Tree of Knowledge is a beautiful part of our Salford history they MUST understand how important this mural is to us we must do everything possible to save it. it is part of our past and belongs in our future and our childrens future Jan

dave jackson wrote
at 07:57:46 on 06 August 2009
for years salford council or thier bigger more powerful brother @ m/cr city council.have dictated that salford should lose all its heritage.you only have to look at chapel st or any of greengate.it looks nothing like it did 10 yrs ago full of new flats and offices.anyway to cut a long story short i think we should keep this mural as we have less and less of the old salford to say to our kids you see that i remember that when i was a kid?

Suzy Carroll wrote
at 17:24:05 on 05 August 2009
Thank you, Thank you, thank you to all of those who have set this in motion. Eddie and Salford Star, I hope your efforts lead to the saving of this amazing piece of Salford history. Thank you all and I will be watching from the other side of the pond.

Eddie Smith wrote
at 15:49:40 on 05 August 2009
The above picture was taken by me in May 2007, and last week I was sad to think that soon all i would have was a few pictures to remind me of my old school. I just want to say a big thanks to Chris Marsden Secretary of the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society and the Salford Star for bringing what would have been a travesty to the public's attention. I'm now excited at what the future will be and what location our Tree of Knowledge will have. I look forward to the day when i can photograph it in its new location. Lets hope it is somewhere that shows it of to everyone of Salford and people who visit Salford.

Tony Bannister wrote
at 12:55:38 on 04 August 2009
Thank goodness for Salford Star and others who have been instrumental in saving a piece of Salford History.Worthy of being listed by English Heritage and saved for posterity. Hopefully English Heritage will take on board the importance of such a treasure.

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