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
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The NHS Forest is partnering with Grown in Britain who is aiming to create more opportunities for woodland management and creation. A programme will be created with different partners brought together including; woodland supply chain, woodland owners and environmentalists to identify a way forward.
Grown in Britain has 3 central aims:
"1) To create a new and stronger market pull for the array of products derived from our woodlands and forests.
The last funding round for the Big Tree Plant is now open with the deadline for submission being the 30th August 2013. The Big Tree plant is funding community lead tree planting projects that will be completed by the end of February 2015.
"Funding is available to any community and voluntary group, or other non-profit organisations that are keen to establish a community-led tree planting projects. Groups working in deprived areas where trees would help to improve residents’ quality of life are strongly encouraged to apply."
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School children from Mount Steward Primary School have been busy designing posters to gain sponsorship for trees to be planted at Northwick Park Hospital. They will be displaying their posters around the hospital in the hope that it will encourage staff, patients and the local community to sponsor the trees and increase the greenspace on site. Charles Hurford, a radiographer and sustainabiltiy champion at the trust has been instrumental in managing this project.