Creating a canopy for NHS75

Earlier in the year we committed to planting 75 trees to mark the 75th birthday of the NHS. 

And wood you believe it? We are celebrating National Tree Week with the great news that we have 100 trees coming our way to go in the ground across SHSC sites. 

The trees will leaf a lasting effect on the biodiversity at our sites, supporting our sustainability aims and helping to tackle the climate crisis.  

In our green plan we have committed to being net zero for the emissions we control by 2030.

Sarah Ellison smiling while holding a spade to a pile of soil next to a hole in the ground in which a tree has been planted

The trees will capture carbon, but the new canopies we are creating will also help to build beautiful outdoor spaces for rest and recovery for our staff and service users. And they will create new habitats for wildlife and growing space for fruit and vegetables too.

The roots of this project lie in our 75th birthday celebrations, which kicked off back in June with a with a tree planting and time capsule burial ceremony at Grenoside Grange.

NHS75 celebratory event

We committed to planting 75 trees to leave a lasting legacy from the landmark anniversary, and we are delighted that we will be exceeding this target and extending the benefits to even more of our sites. You might say we are branching out.

The trees come from NHS Forest, which aims to inspire and support healthcare sites in transforming our green spaces for health, wellbeing and biodiversity.

Watch out for an announcement about which sites the new trees will be planted on.

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