Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was identified as an environmentally-friendly ambassador for promoting NHS Sustainability Day which took place this year on 27 March.
The Trust was one of 36 healthcare organisations across the UK to join the 2@2 campaign to recognise the importance of sustainability by planting two trees at 2pm on Thursday 27 March. At 2pm, patients, staff and governors from the Trust planted willow trees on the Kingsway Site in Derby at Cherry Tree Close, a mental health rehabilitation unit, and Tissington House, a dementia ward.
The national event aims to raise awareness of the health implications of climate change stemming from varying temperatures and air quality and to encourage individuals and organisations to make positive changes which can minimise their impact on the environment and deliver more efficient and effective healthcare.
The project supports NHS organisations to manage green spaces on or near to NHS land to offer a space for people to exercise and help bring communities together.
Kevin Fletcher, Head of Estates and Facilities for Derbyshire Healthcare, said: “Here at Derbyshire Healthcare we are continuously improving the settings in which we deliver care and support to our patients. The trees planted for NHS Sustainability Day were sited outside two of our wards enhancing the environment for years to come and provide additional areas for relaxation.”