Symbolic sapling to represent recovery

mentalBS''Deputy Director of NHS Sheffield, Tim Furness, with Holly Barnes, Sheffield City Council Community Forester, and Deputy Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor John Campbell.

mentalBS''Deputy Director of NHS Sheffield, Tim Furness, with Holly Barnes, Sheffield City Council Community Forester, and Deputy Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor John Campbell.

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A SYMBOL of hope has been planted on a hillside overlooking the city centre to mark the conclusion of Sheffield Mental Health Week.

Health bosses chose a ginkgo biloba tree – a species that was found intact following the atom bombing of Hiroshima in the Second World War – to represent health, hope, and recovery.

Tim Furness, deputy director of NHS Sheffield, and Coun John Campbell, the deputy Lord Mayor of Sheffield, planted the tree at the new amphitheatre at South Street Park, above the railway station.

The event was organised by Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health services.

Coun Campbell said: “The ginkgo biloba tree is perfect as it represents health, hope and recovery.

It is important to raise awareness of mental health and the excellent range of services on offer across the city.”

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