Fantastic number of NHS Forest sites plant trees as part of NHS Sustainability Day of Action

On NHS Sustainability Day of Action, 28th March 2013, hundreds of trees were planted across 23 hospital sites as part of the NHS Forest Scheme.

Many of our sites braved the cold weather to take part in tree planting with Lanacashire Care NHS Trust launching their Grow Your Own Initiative too. 23 NHS Forest sites, from teaching hospitals to mental health trusts planted hundreds of trees at 2pm to demonstrate their commitment to increasing green space for staff, patients and the local community to use and enjoy for rest, relaxation and exercise.

The Great Outdoor Gym Company Ltd (TGO) has sponsored the planting of 250 trees for today’s initiative as part of their on going commitment of planting one tree for every one of their British made outdoor gym pieces sold. TGO’s gyms have proven to have preventative health benefits getting new people into sustained activity in an environmentally friendly way and so there is a natural fit with Sustainable healthcare.

NHS Sustainability Day is an international event aimed at healthcare organisations taking action on climate change. For the second year running the event is being supported by NHS Forest who are running their '2@2' campaign, encouraging all organisations within the NHS to plant 2 trees at 2pm. This year we doubled last years numbers, improving biodiversity to even the inner most city sites and increasing resilience to climate change for future generations.

The sites involved included:

Airedale NHS Trust

Coventry University Hospital Trust

Barts Healthcare (planting at Whipps Cross, The Royal London and Newham University Hospital Trust)

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Sussex Parntership Trust

Yorkshire Ambulance Service

The Whittington Hospital

Kent and Medway NHS Trust

Frithwood GP Surgery

Doncaster, Rotherham and South Humber Mental Health Trust

North Cumbria University Hospital Trust

Oxford University Hospital Trust

Liverpool Women's Hospital

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

The NHS Sustainable Development Unit

Private Healthcare Individual

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Royal United Hospital, Bath

Countess of Cheshire Hospital

Wirral University Teaching Hospital

NHS Nottinghamshire

Johnson and Johnson

Many thanks to all for your hard work and enthusiasm in making this such a successful day and particular thanks to the team at Barts Healthcare who organised NHS Sustainability Day of Action 2013.

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