Could greenery, gardens and wild areas at NHS sites help combat workplace stress and improve staff wellbeing? A new research project led by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is exploring the value of green space and outdoor activities for health staff, with a focus on the work of three different health facilities. Each of the sites is a member of the NHS Forest, and has encouraged the active use of its green spaces to raise the quality of life for staff.
Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature (IWUN) is a groundbreaking project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council to explore the links between natural environments in urban settings and mental wellbeing. It is led by a team in the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield, along with colleagues in the University of Derby and Herriot-Watt University, and a range of practice partners.
Do you think we need more trees near our hospitals, surgeries and health centres? Then join us in celebrating the trees of the healthcare sector! Take a photo of your favourite NHS tree and post it to our twitter @NHSForest ...remember to use the hashtag #SHCWeek18! or email us at email@example.com
The Talking Trees Bristol campaign has been launched with an aim to double tree canopy cover in the city by 2050.
Here are some ways you can get involved:
- Follow the campaign on Twitter, at #TalkingTreesUK
- Get your team involved by sharing tree selfies and photos tagging #TalkingTreesBristol
Urban tree planting champions Trees for Cities celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2018, and plan to mark this by planting more trees in more cities across the UK than ever before. The organisation is looking for sites to plant whips (young trees) to create urban woodland habitat and hedgerows, and would love to hear from NHS land owners who have large tracts of land (ideally greater than 0.5 hectares) available for planting.
The NHS Forest team gave presentations at two conferences in Oxford in May 2018, showcasing their work and highlighting in what ways green spaces can play a role in improving people's health.
- Fri, 2018-05-18 10:00 to 19:00
Trees and Wellbeing: Past, Present and Future
Find out more: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/hss/events/trees-and-wellbeing/
Location: Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site, Oxford, OX3 0BP, GB
A conference organised by Christiana Payne and Fiona Stafford. Supported by TORCH, the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and Somerville College, Oxford.
- Thu, 2018-05-17 09:30 to 15:30
Oxford Naturally Healthy conference, Thursday 17th May
This confernece is targetted at healthcare proffesionals and how they can use green spaces and green prescription to provide a range of benefits for their patients' physical and mental wellebing.
A conference exploring how green prescription can provide wide ranging benefits to physical and mental health and reduce the financial burden on the NHS.
For GPs, Healthcare Providers and those keen to elevate the use ofgreen social prescribing - in our city and beyond.
Steve Oram from The People's Trust for Endangered Species, has written a short blog on how beneficial orchards can be in healthcare settings. He shares examples of where these orchards have been planted and how you can get involved.
Sustainability day 2018 is coming up! Just as we're hoping for spring and some glimpses of sun, this is a great opportunity to join colleagues across the country to improve NHS greenspaces around the UK. Every year on NHS Sustainability day we encourage our NHS Forest sites to plant two trees at 2pm, somewhere prominent on their site.Related file: