AN eye-catching willow sculpture has been put up in the middle of a Colchester shopping centre.

The structure, in Culver Square, takes the shape of two trees filled with butterflies, birds and insects.

There are also fairy lights to make it extra magical in the evenings.

The sculpture has been commissioned as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, which this year has the theme of nature.

David Robertson, Centre Manager at Culver Square, said: "We wanted to create a focal point in the centre that visitors to Culver Square can take time out to enjoy.

"We have used natural resources to create a piece of art that represents the awakening of the town and symbolises the brighter future ahead."

The live willow sculpture aims to give hope for a better future as we emerge from the restraints of covid lockdown.


The sculpture will continue to grow and support the campaign until October.

The aim for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from until Sunday is to explore the natural world and experience the mental health benefits it offers.

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“We hope that everyone is able to enjoy our willow sculpture and that it gets people talking about Mental Health Awareness Week.” added David.

The willow sculpture will remain in situ until October 10, which is World Mental Health Awareness Day, as a legacy to continually raise awareness.

For more information about the Willow Sculpture in the Square and Mental Health Awareness week please visit