NHS Forest News- Issue #19

Welcome to the nineteenth 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

Lancashire Care Trust launch Grow Your Own Project


Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust launched their Grow Your Own Project on NHS Sustainability Day. The project will provide organic produce to 131 service users on their Guild Park Site. As part of their recovery process, 33 service users will be given the opportunity to develop their cooking skills using produce from the garden. The scheme has already supplied the new self-catering Step down Unit (SDU) with local, seasonal and fresh vegetables and fruit ,this has been a great success and has been achieved entirely through staff volunteering their spare time.

http://www.nhsforest.org/lancashire-care-nhs-foundation-trust

Capita plant 35 trees at Countess of Chester Country Park

Capita CMS has sponsored 35 trees which have been planted at the Countess of Cheshire Country Park. The trees were planted to the rear of the main Staff Car Park. The Countess of Cheshire Country Park has seen the planting of over 2000 trees as part of the NHS Forest project.

John Church, Chairman of NHS Western Cheshire which provided some of the funding for the 2000 trees, said: "This is an excellent project and each of the three NHS Trusts on the Health Park are very supportive partners. It is also wonderful to be part of the national "NHS Forest" campaign."

http://www.nhsforest.org/countess-chester-country-park

CleanMed Conference- call for case studies

Healthcare without Harm Europe and The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) 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.

CSH is hosting this year's CleanMed Europe conference, 17th-19th September 2013. The emphasis will be on redesigning healthcare for a sustainable future. Case studies are invited! (closing date 31 May) - see http://sustainablehealthcare.org.uk/sustainable-healthcare-education/resources/2013/05/cleanmed-2013-call-case-studies

Upcoming events:

-HSJ awards open for entry http://www.hsjawards.co.uk/home

-May Fayre at Dandelion Times, Elmscroft House, West Farleigh. 18th May 12-3pm http://www.dandeliontime.org.uk/Fundraising.html

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

-Clean Med Conference 17-19th September in Oxford. www.cleanmedeurope.org

-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 18,595, 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.