When you think of Addenbrooke’s your mind might not conjure up images of tall, majestic trees. But our outdoor spaces, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of hospital life, are quiet sanctuaries, full of nature, and bursting with colour. They are somewhere you can go to take in fresh air, a bit of quiet contemplation, to soak in the sun’s rays, or maybe to enjoy some outdoor play in a break, away from the paediatric wards.
In every garden there are beautiful trees to be found, providing shelter, shade, and birdsong. Patients watch from their hospital windows as leaves slowly turn a rich russet during autumn, and then blossom during spring. Their constant presence provides a comfort.
We chose to hang this gorgeous artwork in a silver birch tree in the garden of our Child Development Centre. We think it looks so at home here! Thank you for sharing it with us.
By Natalie Ellis; Head of Arts, Cambridge University Hosptitals
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