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Planting trees for hope – Hope Orchard to stretch across Notts

We are delighted to join with Sherwood Forest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and partners across the Mid Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership in planting trees to create a Nottinghamshire Hope Orchard.

On Monday 22 March, we will join with schools, partners and members of the community to plant trees on the Spinney Meadow site at our Wells Road Centre.

The Hope Orchard originated with Sherwood Forest Hospital’s climate action team as an initiative to draw a link between health and the environment. They’re planting fruit trees on each of their sites (King’s Mill Hospital, Newark Hospital and Mansfield Community Hospital) as part of a commitment to a lower carbon future. 

Our Chief Executive, John Brewin said: “We’re delighted to take part and create a joint Hope Orchard with our health and care partners. It’s a great initiative and demonstrates our continued commitment to sustainability and creating green environments for our staff and patients.

“We’re planting our trees at Spinney Meadow, a therapeutic green space with woodland, orchards, livestock and wildlife at our Wells Road base. As a Trust, we are passionate about sustainability and the environment, and have a strong belief in the positive impact of green spaces on our patients.”

Dr Helena Clements, consultant paediatrician and climate change clinician at Sherwood Forest Hospitals said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on all our communities, and as we start to emerge from the crisis we need to look forward to a healthier, greener future for everyone. 

“It’s fantastic that so many of our partner organisations have taken on the challenge to get involved with planting trees on their sites, and I can’t wait to see the pictures of the trees on the day.”

The Woodland Trust are also getting involved by planting 20 crab apple trees at the Young People’s Forest at Mead. Emily Moore, Youth Development Manager at the site, said: “This is a lovely initiative by the Climate Action Team at Sherwood and one the Woodland Trust is happy to support by planting crab apple trees at the Young People’s Forest at Mead.

“The last year has shown us the value of connecting with nature for our health and wellbeing, yet many people do not have access to quality green spaces. It is vital to protect what we have and encourage the creation of more, not just to aid our own recovery but that of the wider environment.”

See more here -  Hope orchard flyer.pdf [pdf] 3MB



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