Green fingered NHS workers have shown their commitment to the local environment by planting two trees at Rotherham Hospital this NHS Sustainability day (26 March 2015).
The trees, donated by the NHS Forest project, have been placed on the hospital grounds to help maintain the green space and enhance the environment.
June Cadman, Waste Management & Environmental Services Officer, at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be part of NHS Sustainability Day and it’s great that we can support it by planting new trees on our site.”
NHS Sustainability Day is an annual event aimed at getting healthcare organisations to take action on climate change. “The NHS has a requirement to decrease its carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 while improving health,” says Rachel Stancliffe, Director of The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare. “While a tree grows it absorbs carbon and at the same time there is good evidence that improving green space has a multitude of benefits for staff, patients and the local community including environmental, health and economic impacts.”
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is dedicated to looking after the environment by managing waste effectively, recycling where possible and by using responsibly sourced materials and resources. Schemes include process of waste segregation leading to a reduction of 15 tonnes in its infectious waste stream, being awarded The Environmental Excellence Award by the Rotherham & Barnsley Business Award for the implementation of the compaction of the offensive waste, ensuring staff remained Energy Aware.
The NHS Forest project, run by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, supports development of green spaces on or near to NHS land to aid patient recovery time, provide areas for relaxation, offer a space for people to exercise and help bring communities together. The aim is to plant one tree for every employee in the NHS.
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