Parkland Trees is a creative project set up for the mental health units at Hellesdon Hospital, Norwich. The project enable service users to gain photographic skills whilst walking in a semi natural setting, encouraging observations and curiosity about trees. Details gathered on the walks are printed, some at A1 to line the walls of the living space and others to create individual journals and a mood-board. The mural created from Service Users’ mood-board echo the landscape character surrounding the hospital with species rich meadows and ancient hedgerow, together with a leaf bare young tree in the foreground. Every service user and staff passing through the unit is invited to add their leaf, creating an ever evolving mural, meaningful to the moment and season.
The second part of the project involves Broadland District community artwork for the hospital. A mix of professional artists work will sit amongst service users paintings to create a permanent outdoor exhibition in summer 2019.