The NHS Forest Launch is to be held to celebrate the NHS Forest and to showcase the work carried out so far at the pilot sites around the country. It will provide the publicity and impetus for Trusts throughout the UK to sign up to the scheme.
The NHS is realising that sustainability is part of the core business of the health service rather than a green add-on. It is one of the biggest resource users and carbon generators in the UK and there are many efforts underway both nationally and locally to reduce the carbon footprint.
There are 1.3 million employees in the NHS and the NHS Forest will have 1.3 million mature trees in twenty years’ time. At the centenary of the birth of the NHS, the forest will play a significant part in offsetting the reduced carbon footprint of the health service and could account for as much as ten percent of the carbon footprint if we start now.