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The Leaves of the Trees


As a nation we are still feeling the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on our lives. A new artwork allowing people to reflect on their personal experiences is coming to Lichfield Cathedral.

Lichfield Cathedral is one of a number of venues across the country hosting an installation ‘The Leaves of the Trees’ by Peter Walker, Sculptor. The art installation, made up of 5000 steel leaves each with the word HOPE written on them, has been designed to honour those who have died during the pandemic and to allow everyone to reflect on their experiences during these difficult times.

All 5000 steel leaves will appear as if naturally scattered by the wind on the floor of the beautiful and ancient Cathedral, symbolising the past but also hope for the future. The shape of the leaf is that of a sycamore maple which traditionally symbolises strength, protection, eternity and clarity.

Visitors to Lichfield Cathedral can view the installation from 31 October – 25 November 2020 during usual daytime opening hours. Visitors will also be given the opportunity to write down their own thoughts, reflections and prayers on a paper leaf.


  • FREE to view as part of your sight-seeing visit (ticket must be purchased for sight-seeing in the Cathedral)

Dates / Times

Sat 31st Oct 2020 - Wed 25th Nov 2020