It's that time of year again!
Another year, another fantastic opportunity to join colleagues across the country and help improve NHS facilities nationwide.
This year, NHS Sustainability Day takes place on the 23rd March, and as always we are encouraging our sites to show their support by planting two trees at 2pm, somewhere prominent on their site.
NHS Sustainability day provides a vital opportunity for Trusts, CCGs, hospitals and other NHS organisations to come together and show their support for the local and global environment. The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare supports healthcare organisations to improve their sustainability, and the NHS Forest programme is their flagship green space initiative.
A greener healthcare site is proven to improve the health of those who use it. Trees provide shade from heat, shelter from rain. They cut pollution, soak up carbon, and give us oxygen, food and energy. What's not to love?
So you're going to plant Two at 2? Brilliant. You'll probably be wanting a bit of advice on what to plant then.
Native trees is the way to go. Native species are adapted to our conditions, support our ecosystems and biodiversity, and by and large give the best impact for your efforts.
If you're thinking of fruit trees, you could do a lot worse than speak to our friends at the Brogdale Fruit Collection. They can provide heritage fruit varieties and advise on their care and nurture.
How to plant a tree? Brown bit in the ground, green bit in the air. OK slightly more technical than that but you get the general idea. If you're struggling then your local Wildlife Trust, Conservation Volunteers, or Groundwork can probably help. If all else fails drop me a line.
Let people know that you're taking part. Use our poster! When you've planted your trees, tell us about it! Take pictures. Please. Before and after. Email me to let me know that you've done it. Tweet it. Tell our friends at the Tree Charter, and generally make a big song and dance about it!
Good luck. You're wonderful!