Presented by: Mary Hocking
The poster describes how a multi-pronged Health Promoting Palliative Care project grew out of a car-park salvage operation.
Joni Mitchell sang “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot”-
and Nature seems to have replied by encouraging hundreds of Japanese Maples to germinate out of our Hospital parking lot.
A ground swell of seedlings emerged this year- inspiring a rescue operation-that required volunteers with boots and shovels.
The project quickly grew to involve
Patients, families, staff, volunteers, as well as a local gardening business.
A local school is ear-marked to aid in next year’s seedling rescue operation.
Trees have been shared and replanted in a growing radius around Melbourne and we are tracking and collecting the stories that they have inspired.
Stories that may help others with the journey they have ahead.
Much more than just a salvage operation-the project has provided
for some patients – a sense of purpose, occupation and meaning.
For others, it has become a means of leaving a legacy in nature and via the written word.
For some families and friends – it has provided an avenue of honouring a life.
Still, for others in the community – it has been a gesture of solidarity with that positive life force that seems to be trying to “Re-seed Paradise-out of the Parking lot”.