The new public health white paper Healthy lives, healthy people: our strategy for public health in England was published by the Department of Health on 30th November 2010.
A £4.2m scheme to plant one million trees over the next four years has been unveiled by the government.
It will see trees planted in urban areas of England that need them most, in the first government tree-planting campaign since the 1970s.
It aims to reverse declines in the rates in the number of trees being planted in towns and cities.
It will be led by Defra, alongside the Forestry Commission and organisations such as the Woodland Trust.
Trees for Cities and the Tree Council will also be involved in the Big Tree Plant scheme.
The NHS Forest will work with partners to plant 65,000 trees as part of the new national tree-planting campaign.
The Coalition Government have announced a new national tree-planting campaign 'The Big Tree Plant'. The campaign commences today on December 2nd and has been launched as part of the Tree Council's National Tree Week (27 Nov - 5th Dec).
A primary school in north London has recently unveiled a new playground with a difference - parts of it you can eat.
The Rotherfield primary school in Islington has transformed part of their outdoor space into an inviting fruit and vegetable 'edible playground'.
School children enjoying their new playground
- Thu, 2010-09-23 (All day) to Sat, 2010-10-23 (All day)
The Tree Council's Seed Gathering Season -launched on Wednesday 23rd September and going through until 23rd October -is already in full swing, with coordinated events and informal activities taking place all over the country. Events run by the Tree Council's member organisations, it's volunteer Tree Wardens and other supporters, are currently taking place throughout the country (see www.treecouncil.co.uk for details)
The National Health Service is drawing up plans to plant 1.3 million trees on its hospital and health centre lands after research has shown that trees not only improve staff morale but can also speed up patient recovery times.
A group calling itself NHS Forestry – with a logo “growing forests for health” – has already started work on pilot schemes in partnership with the Woodland Trust and the Oxford-based charity Campaign for Greener Healthcare.
A new report from the UK body for public health specialists has found that parks aren't just good fun, they are also good for the nation's health.
In India, where traditionally boys have been preferred over girls, a village in Bihar state has been setting an example by planting trees to celebrate the birth of a girl child.
In Dharhara village, Bhagalpur district, families plant a minimum of 10 trees whenever a girl child is born.
And this practice is paying off.
Nikah Kumari, 19, is all set to get married in early June. The would-be groom is a state school teacher chosen by her father, Subhas Singh.
You can’t see the wood for the trees at a Birmingham hospital that is piloting a new NHS Forests scheme.
Northfield’s Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, which is known locally as The Woodlands, is taking part in a project to plant a tree for every health worker in the NHS.
Co-ordinated by the charity Campaign for Greener Health, 1.3 million trees will be planted nationally to increase the amount of green spaces at health trusts.
Penny Venables, Hospital chief executive, said: “We aim to play our part by expanding our collection of mature trees by 800.
The Campaign for Greener Healthcare has linked to the Climate Change Health Project run by the Greater Manchester Public Health Team with the aim of promoting the NHS Forest and to engage more trusts in the issues associated with the project encouraging sign up to the scheme.
The Climate Change Health Project is focused on strengthening the NHS contribution to climate change and sustainable development but also ensuring a wide appreciation of the effects on population health and health inequalities of climate change.