NHS Forest conference and awards
Our most recent NHS Forest conference was held online in October 2022, on the theme of Biodiversity and Resilience. A recording of the conference is available here.
The NHS Forest’s annual conference was established in autumn 2011 as a space to share ideas, experiences and questions about the links between green space and health. It showcases the potential of the NHS green estate to be used strategically to support health and wellbeing of staff, patients and the wider community.
Keynote speakers have included representatives from organisations that support the NHS Forest, including The Great Outdoor Gym Company, Incredible Edible, RSK, The Wildlife Trusts and The Conservation Volunteers. There are also hospital head gardeners, landscape architects, speakers from Public Health England, researchers, and both clinical and non-clinical NHS staff, from anaesthetists to sustainability managers.
The event – whether online or in person – typically includes a workshop, where delegates from a range of backgrounds can discuss what the best kind of green space might be for their site, how to engage the local community or healthcare staff with this space, and learn from others who have carried out similar projects. It’s a fantastic way to network, to get ideas on how to fund these initiatives, and on the wide range of partner organisations that can help hospitals realise their green space ambitions.
Read more about our NHS Forest conferences:
NHS Forest conference 2022, online: ‘Biodiversity and Resilience’
NHS Forest conference 2021, online: ‘An equitable recovery for people and nature‘
NHS Forest conference 2019, Liverpool: ‘Anchor institutions and their role in engaging communities in green space‘
NHS Forest conference 2018, Bristol: ‘Workplace wellbeing and the role of green space‘
NHS Forest conference 2015, Birmingham
NHS Forest conference 2014, Whittingham, Lancashire: ‘Creating healing environments‘
NHS Forest conference 2013, CleanMed, Oxford
NHS Forest conference 2012, Todmorden
NHS Forest conference 2011, Coventry
NHS Forest awards
The NHS Forest awards are presented at the conference. Previous award categories have included ‘Most trees planted for the NHS Forest’, ‘Most innovative NHS Forest site’, ‘Best community engagement in the NHS Forest’ ‘Outstanding contribution to the NHS Forest’ and ‘Most pioneering use of green space by a healthcare professional’. Anyone can nominate an NHS Forest site for an award – it can be your own site, or another one that you are familiar with. Nominations open a few months before the annual conference, and will be announced via our newsletter.