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Tree planting in hospitals – NHS Forest

Planting trees on healthcare sites creates better places to live and work. Trees provide privacy and seclusion for staff and patients, cool buildings, provide cleaner air, create habitats for native wildlife and store carbon.

NHS Forest trees for 2023

This year, NHS Forest are offering tree bundles. Each bundle has been designed to provide a variety of benefits, such as attracting wildlife or providing spring colour, and contains trees of different species and sizes.

Request your trees for 2023 now

NHS Forest are now taking requests for free trees to be planted from November 2023 to March 2024. They will try to provide trees to all those who would like them on a first come, first served basis, and will confirm orders from May onwards. At that point you will need to complete a tree agreement form confirming that the land where trees will be planted is not scheduled for development in the next ten years, and that you take responsibility for planting and ongoing maintenance. Trees will be delivered to your site between November and March.

Their guidance pack has more information on tree planting.

Tree planting and carbon offsetting

NHS Forest trees are not offered as part of carbon offsetting initiatives –they explain why here.

If you would like to support their work but are not able to plant trees, you can sponsor a tree for the NHS Forest.

The tree planting in England is funded by the Trees Call to Action Fund. The fund was developed by Defra in partnership with the Forestry Commission and is being delivered by the Heritage Fund.

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