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Centre for Sustainable Healthcare UK tree planting project to raise awareness in healthcare

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare in partnership with the Forestry Commission, BTCV, Natural England and others started a NHS Forest project in 2008 with the idea of planting 1.3m trees across the UK, representing a sapling for every employee in the NHS. Recently, it held its first annual event to mark the success of its project and create a ‘Natural Health Service’.

With 4,400 trees planted so far, over 30 NHS sites have engaged in the project, and one NHS Forest site who was awarded for their excellence was mentioned as a case study in the Forestry Section of the National Ecosystems Assessment. The day’s festivities included an award ceremony, outdoor activities such as tree planting and a NHS Forest quiz where the activities reflected the distinctive nature of the project and got participants thinking about and engaging with healthcare and nature. Learn more at: or

Originally posted on 10 November 2011

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