The NHS Forest will work with partners to plant 65,000 trees as part of the new national tree planting campaign.
The Coalition Government have today announced a new national tree planting campaign The Big Tree Plant, launched as part of the Tree Council’s National Tree Week (27 November – 5 December 2010).
The Big Tree Plant will be led by Defra and the Forestry Commission and supported by organisations including The Conservation Volunteers, the Woodland Trust, England’s Community Forests, the Tree Council, Trees for Cities and the NHS Forest.
The Big Tree Plant will seek to support community groups and improve quality of life through the provision of more green space and therefore shares the key principles of the NHS Forest.
We hope at least 25 hospitals will join us by March 2011 to plant trees across the UK.
About the NHS Forest:
The NHS Forest is an exciting new national project coordinated by the Campaign for Greener Healthcare (now the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare). The project’s central aims are:
- Improving health of staff, patients and communities through increasing access to green space on or near to NHS land.
- Greening the NHS estates including through planting trees
- Encouraging greater social cohesion between NHS sites and the local community.
- Bringing together a range of professionals and volunteers to produce woodland that includes art, food crops, wood fuel and increased biodiversity.
The NHS Forest has now started the main phase of the project, having completed a successful pilot phase in 2009.