#4 Old Ash – a real survivor- Memory Palace of Trees


For this video we find ourselves in a lush green field in Ireland . 


This tree story comes from artist Gillian Cussen in county Cork, Ireland.


Hello My name is Gillian Cussen

and I am in county Cork Ireland

And it’s a grey and a green day here

I’ve chosen this old ash tree for my tree story today

I believe this tree is a real survivor

This tree plus a neighbouring birch are the only two trees left in this big field

Which once had a lot of trees but due to modern agricultural practices

unfortunately most of them are gone.

But this tree houses a lot of plants and insects and animals I am sure .

Really beautiful and rich mosses it also has unfortunately some barbed wire

But it has lots of ivy too.

And even stones embedded in it.

This is indeed a survivor

A really beautiful tree.



Gillian is a fellow artist whom I met last year on online, we were both studying a course  “ Eco literacy in the Arts” by Dr Cathy Fitzgearld. 





Open Call for your tree story on video 

Memory Palace of Trees is socio- ecological art practice which invites your participation to tell a story (or give some kind of information) about trees. It is a social enquiry of how to live better with the planet and with people by sharing tree stories. 

Memory Palace of Trees will continue in 2021. This year the submissions are in the form of video. If you have a story you can tell in less than a minute (under 60 seconds), please find your favorite tree and video yourself on your phone telling the story. I can help with adding the English or Chinese subtitles.  Please ensure the sound quality of your recording is as clear as possible. If you have any questions please ask. 

Really looking forward to hearing from you. 

I can be contacted on the last page “Enquire” or directly on this platform.