Who runs the NHS Forest?
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare coordinates the NHS Forest.
The NHS Forest was project developed by a broad collaboration of many partners from environment and health. The governance and coordination of the project is coordinated by the charity, The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare.
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is a charity focussing on the crossover between health and sustainability. Spurred by concern for the impact of climate change on people's wellbeing and the environment, CSH works to inspire and support the NHS to cut its levels of carbon pollution and to become more sustainable. CSH's main programmes include:
1) The Green Nephrology Programme 2)The NHS Forest Project 3) Sustainable Healthcare Education and a 4) Mental Health Programme.
We are very grateful to The Forestry Commission (FC) and Natural England for their funding of the pilot phase.
Since 2012 we have received generous tree sponsorship from the Great Outdoor Gym Company who sponsor a tree for every piece of gym equipment sold www.tgogc.com.
There are many forms of support apart from financial, and many NHS sites, and other organisations have already offered their support to us in terms of time and interest in partnering on funding bids, offering land or trees or ideas. We have received, and continue to enjoy, huge help from Martin Boiling, a volunteer who came to the project via the Woodland Trust, and we welcome further volunteers to help us centrally.
While there is a long, and growing, list of project partners, all of whom we hope to engage in the NHS Forest over the years, the main delivery partners to date have been The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers who have also worked closely with us to develop the Guidance Pack and the Wildlife Trusts who have been instrumental working on our Outer Space project site in Coventry.
But our role at the centre is only a very small part of the Forest. It is the healthcare sites all around the country, with existing and new partner organisations and inspired ideas for transforming their grounds which will make The NHS Forest such a success. From a tiny urban plot to extensive rural areas, every healthcare organisation can be involved.
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