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

  • improve the health and wellbeing of staff, patients 
    and communities through 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, reflective or exercise spaces and to encourage biodiversity
  • highlight innovative ideas to encourage the use of green space for therapeutic purposes 

We do this by:

Find out more about the NHS Forest in our video

Latest news

10 January 2019

Could greenery, gardens and wild areas at NHS sites help combat workplace stress and improve staff wellbeing? A new research project led by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare will explore the value of green space and outdoor activities for health staff, with a focus on the work of three...