Welcome

The NHS Forest is a project coordinated by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare. Funded by charitable trusts and corporate and individual sponsorship, the project’s central aims are to:

  • improve the health and wellbeing of patients, staff 
    and communities by increasing access to green space on or near to NHS land
  • encourage greater social cohesion between NHS sites and the local communities around them
  • spark projects that bring together professionals and volunteers to use new and existing woodland for art, food crops, reflection and exercise, and to encourage biodiversity
  • highlight innovative ideas to encourage the use of gardens and other green space for therapeutic purposes. 

We do this by:

Find out more about our programmes here. Watch our NHS Forest video below.

Latest news

12 October 2020

New research shows gardens and other green spaces at hospital sites have an important role to play in supporting staff wellbeing. Our year-long study focused on three NHS sites that had taken steps to encourage their staff to relax and recharge in green space. Staff stress has long been a...