NHS Forest Conference 2019

The NHS Forest's 2019 conference was held at Alder Hey Children's Hospital on the 11th October. The conference celebrated 10 years of the NHS Forest and looking at the role of green space in anchor institutions. Agenda items included a key note speech from Pam Warhurst, community activist and chair of Incredible Edible; a workshop looking into how green space can be used to engage with the local community; and various presentations on the role of anchor instuitions and green space, including examples of best practice. Over 80 people attended the day with interesting presentations and an inspiring walk around the green space at Alder Hey. 

The day included:

  • Key Note speech on The Value of Greenspace for Healthcare- Pam Warhurst, Cofounder of Incredible Edible Movement
  • Workshop on "How do we engage with the local community to enable a healthcare site to be an anchor institution"
  • Presentation:  Looking back and looking ahead- Sarah Dandy and Carey Newson, The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
  • Presentaton: What are anchor institutions and the role of greenspace– Laura Wallace, Health Foundation
  • Presentation: Community Engagement, greenspace and anchor instutions– Ian Stenton, Liverpool University Hospital NHS Trust
  • PresentationAlder Hey’s experience of engaging children in greenspace- Carl Dutton, Dutton Mental Health Practitioner and Psychotherapist and Louise Hickey, Mental Health Practitioner and Drama Therapist both work for  FRESH CAMHS at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Molly Toal, Lancashire Wildlife Trust
  • Site walk of Alder Hey Hospital’s NHS Forest site
  • NHS Forest Awards.

Congratulations to award winners: Lancashire Care NHS Trust  for planting the largest number of trees since 2018, North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust for most innovative site and Liverpool University Hospital NHS Trust for best community engagement. 

The event was chaired by Gideon Ben-Tovim OBE.