NHS Forest News- Issue #21

Welcome to the twenty second 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

The NHS Forest partners with Grown in Britain


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. For more information http://www.nhsforest.org/nhs-forest-partners-grown-britain or www.growninbritain.org 

School children help raise funds for tree planting at Northwick Park

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. http://www.nhsforest.org/school-children-help-raise-funds-tree-planting-northwick-park

Getting the most out of your NHS Forest

Need advice on your grounds and NHS Forest projects? It's possible to save money on grounds maintenance and meet environmental targets whilst providing spaces for patients to recover in, or where staff and patients can relax. Intelligent grounds maintenance can deliver multiple benefits- contact Aileen Shackell, authour of "Greenspace Design for health and wellbeing" to find out more www.asa-landscape.com

Upcoming events:

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

-The Big Tree Plant is accepting its final round of applications with a deadline of the 30th August 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 33,553, 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.