Trees planted in South Derbyshire to celebrate NHS Sustainability Day

STAFF at a healthcare trust which provides services in South Derbyshire have been planting trees to mark NHS Sustainability Day – including some in Swadlincote.

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has made a move to become more environmentally friendly recently by encouraging its members to go paper-free, with 262 choosing to forego paper for email so far.

Representatives from the organisation celebrated this fact by planting 26 trees for the national sustainability event, which was on Thursday.

The trees, which included oak, hawthorn and rowan species, were planted at healthcare sites around the county, including Dale Bank View, in Swadlincote.

Kevin Fletcher, head of estates and facilities for Derbyshire Healthcare, said: “NHS Sustainability Day provides us with a fantastic opportunity to highlight small changes in people’s behaviours which can have huge impacts on reducing their carbon footprint.

“Derbyshire Healthcare has been a leading performer in the NHS for reducing CO2 emissions year on year and by doing so has been awarded the Carbon Trust’s Longevity Award. The trees we have planted will offset CO2 emissions and help to enrich our landscape for many years to come.”

The tree planting arose as a result of a campaign the trust has been running in partnership with NHS Forest, a national project aimed at improving the health and well-being of staff, patients and communities.

A tree was provided for every 10 people who had signed up to digital communication, thus saving an amount of paper, and reducing the carbon footprint of the organisation.