Northwick Park joined the NHS Forest in 2013 planting trees with local school children in December.

As part of the NHS Sustainability Day in 2014 pupils from Mount Stewart Primary School, Harrow, planted two goat willow, two hawthorn, two rowan and two elderberry trees outside the entrance to the maternity unit at the hospital.

Radiographer and sustainability champion Charles Hurford said: “The event is just the first of many events taking place at the hospital to continue to promote sustainable healthcare. Last summer pupils from Mount Stewart Primary School created posters to raise both awareness and money for the trees which have been specifically chosen because they are natural bird feeders, flowering in the spring to attract insects and producing fruit in the late summer.

“Looking after our environment, as we all know, is very important. Since building work started at Northwick Park, some trees have been removed to make way for the new multi-million pound emergency department. I have a vision that we can replace them with ones that will provide good habitats for birds and wildlife.”

A walking group has also recently been formed at the hospital, and people are busy enjoying the green space that is being created at the hospital – benefiting their health and the environment.

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