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!
We have just over 600 NHS Forest trees to give away this planting season for all healthcare estates interested in doing some planting! Many of the trees were generously sponsored by the Great Outdoor Gym Company (www.tgogc.com). We thought we would run an interactive competition, so if you would like to receive some native trees, all you need to do is send us a picture showing us why your healthcare estates needs some trees! The competition ends on the 1st November.
Day 3 at the Clean Med conference is all about preventative medicine and features a session on building a shared asset for health and community. It would be good to get your thoughts on how we should achieve this. It is possible to sign up for individual days at the Clean Med conference with registration open untill Friday.
For more information about the conference, the programme and ticket prices please use the following link: www.cleanmedeurope.org
The NHS Forest annual awards will this year be at the Clean Med Conference on the 19th September in Oxford. With categories just having been announced.
The categories are as follows:
- Most innovative site
- Best Community Engagement
- Largest number of trees planted
- Outstanding contribution to the NHS Forest
We are asking our NHS Forest sites to submit their case studies for the first two categories by the 31st August to firstname.lastname@example.org