NHS Forest News- Issue #13

Welcome to the thirteenth 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 launches partnership with Incredible Edible and Ambulance Services at conference

In Todmorden, home of the Incredible Edible movement, the NHS Forest launched a new partnership with Incredible Edible and Yorkshire Ambulance whilst celebrating another successful year of tree planting on NHS estates to linking health and environment. The days festivities included an awards ceremony, a delivery worskop and a tour of the planting done by the health centre and the Yorkshire ambulance service. The Great Outdoor Gym Company, one of our sponsors also present at the event.


NHS Kent and Medway are planning a planting day to launch their woodland site

The largest NHS Forest site in the country is planning a planting day to officially launch its woodland site. The NHS Kent and Medway site at West Farleigh, Maidstone, already has 3,500 trees but a push is now on with NHS staff across the county of Kent to encourage them to sponsor more.




NHS Forest and Local Nature Partnerships

The NHS Forest project team is really excited about Local Nature Partnerships and I am on the board of our local one in Oxfordshire. They provide a great opportunity for NHS Forest sites to link up with other areas of greenspace in their locality to create health walks for patients and staff to use. A number of our NHS Forest sites are members of their local LNP, helping to link health and the environment sectors in practical ways; if you are involved in your local LNP, do get in touch, let us know how its going and how we can help!


Upcoming events:

-NHS Forest Conference 18th October, Unitarian Church, Todmorden

-Clean Med Conference, 26th-28th September, it is THE European Conference for Sustainability in Healthcare. For more information: http://www.cleanmedeurope.org/

-Healing Landscapes: Trees and Society. 25 years on from the Great Storm. 20th October Canterbury Christchurch University.

-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 16,768, 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.