NHS Forest News- Issue #18

Welcome to the eighteenth edition of the NHS Forest newsletter from the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare for an update on news, events and resources to help you with planting the NHS Forest: growing forests for health. To find out more visit www.nhsforest.org

23 NHS Forest sites plant trees for NHS Sustainability Day of Action

23 NHS Forest sites, from teaching hospitals to mental health trusts braved the cold to plant hundreds of trees at 2pm on NHS Sustainability Day of Action to demonstrate their commitment to increasing green space for staff, patients and the local community to use and enjoy for rest, relaxation and exercise. With Lanacashire Care NHS Trust launching their Grow Your Own Initiative will provide service users and staff the opportunity to grow organic, fresh and local vegetables on the Guild Park site. For more information www.nhsforest.org/news

The Great Outdoor Gym Company sponsors a further 450 NHS Forest trees!

The Great Outdoor Gym Company Ltd (TGO) has sponsored the planting of 450 trees over 200 of which were being planted for NHS Sustainability Day as part of their on going commitment of planting one tree for every one of their British made outdoor gym pieces sold. TGO’s gyms have proven to have preventative health benefits through getting new people into sustained activity which fit in an environmentally friendly way which makes them a natural fit with Sustainable Healthcare. For more information www.nhsforest.org/news and www.tgogc.com

CleanMed Conference on Sustainable Healthcare and Greenspace- Register Now!

Healthcare without Harm Europe and The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare are pleased to invite you to the 2013 conference in Oxford, UK where you can share problems and solutions with 450 others working on the interface between health and the environment.

CleanMed is a great place for sustainability leaders and healthcare innovators to find new ways to inspire their organisations, learn practical ways to make changes and contribute to international understanding of sustainable healthcare.

It is being held in Oxford from the 17th to 19th September 2013. For more information www.cleanmedeurope.org

Upcoming events:

-National Family Week 27th May to the 2nd June 2013

-Clean Med Conference 17-19th September in Oxford.

-If you are holding any tree-planting events, or launching a new NHS Forest site then contact us

Forest News - how many trees have you planted so far?

The current tree count is 18,554, fantastic work but there are even more trees in the ground that still need to be registered, so please update your tree counter to help us reach our target of 1.3 million trees. Do share any seasonal activites you may be up to at your NHS Forest.