This textile piece was commmisioned by the organisation Reading Quest. Children of all ages,parents and grandparents contibuted to the panel as part of the event ‘The Gigantic Children’s Treasure Hunt’ held at Oxford Town Hall in May 2007. Participants were asked to explore the idea of ‘books as treasure’ or ‘books as refuge’. The individual contributions make up the leaves of ‘The Treasure Tree’.

Participants came from diverse cultural backgrounds. The image of the tree can be a way of symbolising growth and learning as well as providing shelter and refuge across different cultures