The grounds of Torbay Hospital will soon have a new look as an artist plans to site a therapeutic stone sculpture trail in the open spaces.

Sculptor Zoe Singleton is now designing the sculptures or waymarkers and asked for inspiration from staff who work for Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, and from patients and visitors who enjoy the leafy grounds.

Zoe said: “We know how both green spaces, and the arts, can support wellbeing for us all. These stones will invite people to spend time in the outside spaces at the hospital. to walk a short trail and take notice of the natural world; or to pause for moments of time out, relaxation and reflection.”

Each sculpture will be carved with a word that has special meaning to people and carved in a number of languages to reflect the diversity of staff, patients and visitors.

Zoe is collaborating with the team at HeArTs (Health and the Arts in Torbay and South Devon) to develop the Waymarker Project with five sculptures to form a trail connecting spaces along a route for people to pause, think and reflect as they walk or rest amidst the grass and trees.

HeArTs supports a range of projects across health and community care sites for therapeutic purposes and which explore the emotional and physical effects of nature on health and wellbeing.

The long-term Waymarker Project is funded by Torbay Culture and commissioned by the Create to Recover programme which has attracted funding from Arts Council England. The project recognises the importance of wellbeing, which is especially important during Covid-19.

David Alderson, a consultant with the trust and clinical lead for HeArTs, said: “The green spaces at Torbay Hospital, our hospital’s lungs, are more precious than ever at this time. We hope that the Waymarkers will help to draw staff towards the benefits, to physical and mental health, of spending time in these areas.”

The stones will be installed in October.