‘Freedom from confinement’ Photo series tells the touching stories of a Cardiff park

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The park which adjoins Wales’ biggest hospital is full of the characters of the city

Adjoined with the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, Heath park has become a place of sanctuary for many – perhaps this year more than ever.

From the NHS staff on their lunch breaks seeking respite, relatives of patients hoping for a moment of peace and clarity, to locals who use it for their daily walks, the park welcomes anyone and everyone in north Cardiff.

The colourful characters who use the park day in, day out, have now been captured in a new photo series, documenting the different lives that co-exist among each other.

Read more: The most powerful pictures from Cardiff a year after lockdown

A Park for Our Time is one of a series of projects that highlight the importance of local heritage for health and wellbeing during the pandemic. It was funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Cadw, the Welsh government’s historic environment service.

Young photographers Tomos Kay and Tom Gower captured some of the park’s regulars – from NHS workers, pensioners, families and youngsters in their sports teams.

The park has over 10 football pitches, large wooded areas, ponds, a small golf course, tennis courts and a large model railway and draws in people from across the city.

An outdoor exhibition showcasing the photographer’s portraits as well as a short film of the project was held in the park from Friday June 11 to Sunday June 13. It attracted over 700 visitors and proved to be extremely popular.

Here are some of the brilliant and beautiful photographs featured in the exhibition which highlight how important the park is for so many people:



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