Tree-mendous planting scheme will see more greenery at hospitals

By Jo Makosinski | Published: 2-May-2023

Saplings planted at two Essex hospitals

More than 90 trees have been planted at Southend and Broomfield hospitals in Essex.

The young trees have been donated to Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust from the NHS Forest; a tree planting project run by charity, the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare.

With 40 sapling trees at Southend Hospital, and a further 52 planted at Broomfield, the trust has promised not to remove the trees for at least the next 10 years, allowing them to grow and reach their potential. 

The trees at Southend Hospital were planted with the help of volunteers, including staff from the sustainability team and members of Trust Links, an independent mental health charity in Southend.

Becky Jones, head of corporate social responsibility and sustainability at the trust, said: “Having these trees at Southend and Broomfield will help transform these spaces into a much-more-welcoming environment for staff, patients, and visitors.

“Planting trees helps us reduce our carbon emissions as we work towards net zero carbon, and helps create a nicer place to be.”

Trees at Broomfield Hospital have already been planted, with a further 16 trees set to be located at Farleigh Hospice, and 86 trees at Southend High School For Boys.

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