The Chairman of Imperial College Healthcare planted two trees at Charing Cross Hospital as part of the NHS Sustainability Day of Action on 28 March.
Sir Richard Sykes planted the trees by the chapel. The trees were given to the Trust by NHS Forest in exchange for old mobile phones that trust staff had donated as part of Climate Week.
On planting the trees, Sir Richard said: “Our trust is committed to sustainability and today’s tree planting is just one of the initiatives we are running as part of our Second Nature programme.
“We also try to encourage sustainable travel through our bike rental scheme, I Heart Cycling, and we have a number of champions across the trust who encourage sustainable actions in their local departments.”
In exchange for the donated phones, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has 13 trees to plant across all of its sites to enhance existing green spaces and biodiversity. The trust chose rowan trees as they produce blossom in the spring and berries in the autumn.
As part of NHS Sustainability Day 2015, Imperial College worked on their rain garden and improving their vertical growing spaces.