Carleton Clinic in Carlisle planted 300 trees in 2021, sponsored by the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The clinic’s service users, staff and volunteers have all been engaged in the planting plans and events.
The trees will provide biodiversity habitats across the four sites, and create wildlife corridors to connect existing planted areas. They will also play a role in supporting the wellbeing of staff and service users: screening eyesores such as car parks, providing shade and a space to connect with nature, and contributing to the walking routes that exist on three of the four sites to promote exercise and relaxation.
Sarah Neil, Sustainability Officer, said: “At CNTW we want to make the most of our green spaces for service users, carers, staff and local communities to enjoy, encouraging biodiversity and connection with nature. As we walk around our hospital sites we can see so much potential for enhancing what is already there and we hope that this tree planting project will be the first of many such initiatives.”
For more information watch this video about the 2021 tree planting across Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear area.
In 2022, a further 63 trees were planted at Carleton Clinic, donated by the NHS Forest.