Shades of blue as trees colour mental health conversations.
Music may have blue suede shoes and sport lays claim to the NSW Blues, but Singleton now boasts blue trees.
Singleton Council’s parks and gardens team transformed two trees in Townhead Park in support of the Blue Tree Project, helping to raise awareness of mental health wellbeing by bringing out the paint and paintbrush to create a showstopper from the New England Highway and enhance the new playground currently under construction.
Blue tree in Townhead Park, Singleton.
Mark Ihlein, Council’s Director Planning and Infrastructure Services Group, said the idea was raised by Council staff who came across the nation-wide Blue Tree Project and who had been touched by the consequences of ill mental health.
Mental health is a cause that is very important to our organisation and our community, and the Blue Tree Project is a great way to demonstrate our commitment to raising awareness of mental wellbeing,” he said.
The parks and gardens team identified two trees in Townhead Park, which proved to be the perfect location being right on the highway, close to the Visitors Centre and café, as well as the new playground which is under construction.
Trees in the Blue Tree Project have become a bit of a tourist attraction with people travelling around and doing the ‘Blue Trees’ tour, so our trees will be an added reason to visit Singleton when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and tourists come back through town.”
Mr. Ihlein said Council would now register the trees with the Blue Tree Project to join the list of more than 400 blue trees across Australia.
A plaque will also be attached to the biggest tree to identify the trees as being part of the Blue Tree Project, along with a contact number for mental health assistance.
For those people who aren’t out and about because of COVID-19 restrictions, the trees look brilliant – the result has exceeded even our expectations,” Mr. Ihlein said.
One of the trees is visible from the road, while the other is located near the new playground currently under construction.
I have no doubt the trees will grab attention and encourage conversations about the importance of mental health wellbeing for all of us.”
For more information about the Blue Tree Project, visit www.bluetreeproject.com.au
* Mei Scattering causes distant objects in the lower atmosphere to have a blue tinge. The effect might be increased by volatile terpenoids from eucalypts.