The 2018 NHS Forest conference explored its theme through presentations and workshops, sharing best practice from a wide range of practitioners. Speakers discussed how healthcare sites could be best used to improve workplace wellbeing, and delegates had the opportunity to meet NHS, forestry and community engagement professionals

The hosts at North Bristol NHS Trust gave a tour of their wildflower meadow, orchard and rooftop herb garden.


  • Keynote speech: Workplace wellbeing and green prescribing: Sir Muir Gray, Better Value Healthcare
  • The evidence for the importance of workplace wellbeing and its relation to the NHS: Andy Netherton and Dominic Gallagher, Public Health England South West
  • What is the role of green space in improving workplace wellbeing?: Dr Valerie Gladwell, University of Essex
  • Activities on site to encourage engagement: Alan Carter, Land Trust, Countess of Chester Country Park
  • Workshop: How to create a green space that benefits the wellbeing of your staff
  • Walking tour of Southmead Hospital’s NHS Forest site
  • Designing greenspace suitable for health: Sarah Jones-Morris, landscape architect and Zoe Banks, physical activity consultant

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