NHS Forest News -Issue #5

Welcome to the fifth edition of the NHS Forest newsletter 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 Verwood Sensory Garden Joins the NHS Forest


The Verwood Sensory Wildlife garden is laid out in the form of a spiral, containing easily accessible raised beds, each one designed to appeal to one of the five senses. 200 trees were planted to form a native hedgerow and willow whips to create living wigwams. The trees were planted by service users from Verwood Opportunity Centre  children from Emmanuelle First School, and young volunteers from DWT’s V project.


NHS Forest- 1st Annual Celebration, 25th October

The NHS Forest is holding their first annual event to celebrate the successes of the past year. We will be holding a workshop to discuss, with existing sites and delivery partners, how to set up and run an NHS Forest. An awards ceremony will be held with Pam Warhurst, Chair of the Forestry Commission presenting the awards.The celebrations will be held on the 25th October at University Hospital, Coventry. If you would like to attend please email sarah.dandy@sustainablehealthcare.org  

 NHS Forest in UK National Ecosystems Assessment report

The NHS Forest is discussed as a key sustainability initative through its focus on both tree planting, community engagement and the health benefits of the green space in the UK National Ecosystems Assessment. Our project is mentioned in Chapter 8 with a box 8.3 detailing the NHS Forest. For further information please see the reporthttp://uknea.unep-wcmc.org/Resources/tabid/82/Default.aspx


Upcoming events:

-NHS Forest Autumn Event 25th October, Coventry Hospital, Coventry.-The London Orchard project is holding apple days on the 16th, 22nd and 23rd October.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 4475, 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 upto at your NHS Forest.