Nearly 500 trees were planted on 27th March around the country for the NHS Sustainability Day of Action. Those planting trees for the NHS Forest's 2@2 campaign included Prime Minister David Cameron and Sue Bailey, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists at the Warneford Hospital in Oxford and the NHS's Sustainable Development Unit, whose team planted a giant redwood.
Lancashire Care have marked this year's NHS Sustainability Day with a series of Sustainability Roadshows to sign up 'Green Champions' at several Trust sites. The roadshows took place on the Sustainability Day itself - March 27th - and were a fantastic success. At the Trust HQ, several people came forward to make green pledges - ranging from composting their tea bags to swapping to an electric car - as well as signing up to be workplace sustainability reps.
41 NHS Forest sites across the UK are getting ready for planting 2 trees @ 2pm on NHS Sustainability Day, 27th March 2014. With 371 trees being planted throughout the day, many of which were sponsored by the Great Outdoor Gym Company, it looks set to be an exciting day!
The sites involved in the day are:
Leasowes Intermediate Care Centre, Sandwells and West Birmingham NHS Trust
Rowley Regis Hospital, Sandwells and West Birmingham NHS Trust
At the start of this 2013/14 planting season, South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) has planted 15 trees at 8 of its sites including: Adderbury, Andover, Basingstoke, Kidlington, Portsmouth, Reading, Ringwood and Whitchurch. Organised by their Green Team coordinator Brian Miller, the trees planted were a mixture of fruit and broadleaf trees with Ambulance staff helping to plant them at each site.
Mid Essex Services Hospital Trust has been Highly Commended at the HSJ awards for their "Natural Health Service: managing an estate and natural woodlands to provide an enhanced environment to provide patient care". Broomfield hospital site has been part of the NHS Forest since 2010 and has carried out numerous activities on site including; working with LOTA teenagers to improve path edging, holding corporate activity days carrying out conservation activities on site and various tree planting days with local school children.
Local children to celebrate Apple Day in Cirencester’s ‘Green Gym’
Its Grown in Britain week this week with a range of activities taking place throughout the UK including a woodland work out in Shirebrook, a health walk in Colchester and the launch of the Grown in Britain report at the House of Lords on Tuesday 15th October.
We have recently launched our NHS Forest video, filmed by Peter Armstrong and Anuradha Vittachi at the NHS Forest/ Outer Space site of University Hospital Coventry. Please take a look and feel free to send to any of your friends and colleagues who may be interested!
Our annual awards this year were announced at the Clean Med Europe conference on the 19th September. This also featured a number of presentations on creating and commissioning greenspace and health with some interesting and inspiring disucssions. The winners were:
- Largest number of tree planted:University Hospital North Staffordshire University NHS Trust
-Best Community Engagement: University Hospital Coventry NHS Trust
-Most innovative site: Central Lancashire Care NHS Trust
Congratulations to all our winners!