Sites taking part in NHS Sustainability day due to plant over 500 trees!

Over 20 NHS Forest sites are taking part in planting 2 trees @ 2pm for NHS Sustainability Day on the 26th March 2015. Healthcare organisations involved range from large teaching hospitals and mental health trusts to ambulance services. More than 500 trees are being planted during the day, many of which have been generously sponsored by the Great Outdoor Gym Company.

The NHS Forest project, run by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, supports development of green spaces on or near to NHS land to aid patient recovery time, provide areas for relaxation, offer a space for people to exercise and help bring communities together. The aim is to plant one tree for every employee in the NHS.

NHS Sustainability Day is an annual event aimed at getting healthcare organisations to take action on climate change. “The NHS has a requirement to decrease its carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 while improving health,” says Rachel Stancliffe, Director of The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare. “Planting 2 trees @ 2 o’clock is a symbolic step towards this transformation. While a tree grows it absorbs carbon and at the same time there is good evidence that improving green space has a multitude of benefits for staff, patients and the local community including environmental, health and economic impacts.”

Trevor Payne, Director of Estates at Barts Health, heads NHS Sustainability Day and says: “NHS Sustainability day allows individuals and organisations working for and with the NHS the opportunity to take action to make positive changes to behaviours which can minimise their impact on the environment. Everyone can be involved and no action is too small. Together we can make a significant difference to our future.”

Sites who are going to be involved in tree planting on the 26th March:

Aintree Hospital

East and North Hertfordshire Trust

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Trust

Poole Hospital

Princess Alexandra Hospital

University Hospital, Coventry

Warwick Hospital

St Catherines Hospital, Doncaster

Airedale Hospital

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Mid Essex Hospital

Public Health England

Hichingbrooke Healthcare

Gloucestershire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Barts Healthcare

Moorgreen Hospital, Southern Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford Royal Infirmary

Ninewells Hospital

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust

Darent Valley Hospital

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust