The NHS Forest is a project coordinated by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare. Funded by charitable trusts and corporate and individual sponsorship, the project’s central aims are to:

  • improve the health and wellbeing of patients, staff 
    and communities by increasing access to green space on or near to NHS land
  • encourage greater social cohesion between NHS sites and the local communities around them
  • spark projects that bring together professionals and volunteers to use new and existing woodland for art, food crops, reflection and exercise, and to encourage biodiversity
  • highlight innovative ideas to encourage the use of gardens and other green space for therapeutic purposes. 

We do this by:

Find out more about our programmes here. Watch our NHS Forest video below.

Latest news

22 October 2021

'An Equitable Recovery for People and Nature' was the theme of the 2021 NHS Forest conference, and our first virtual conference, which was held on 19 October. Over 350 people attended the event, which featured keynote speakers Judy Ling Wong, Becca Lovell and Suzanne Tarrant, and showcased some...