Staff, patients and visitors to Royal Surrey County Hospital are being invited to plant trees on site as part of National tree planting week on Thursday 1st December.

A new hedge of 250 native saplings will be planted outside the new Guildford Borough Council Ward, adjacent to Gill Avenue. Three larger, semi-established trees will be planted in front of the ward, adjacent to Egerton Rd.

The project is a collaboration between Medirest support services and local social enterprise Roots for the Future. The Guildford Ward is a purpose built Covid-19 isolation ward which was opened in July 2020. The trees planted on December 1st will help with the hospital’s targets to make the Trust a greener and more sustainable place for staff, patients and visitors.

Staff, patients and visitors will be able to plant a tree between the hours of 10am and 4pm on Thursday 1st December.

Francesca Fryer Rigden, Roots for the Future said:

“We are delighted to be giving staff, patients and visitors to Royal Surrey County Hospital the opportunity to plant trees for future generations to benefit from. Tree planting is not only one of the simplest and most enjoyable actions humankind can take to confront climate change, trees also help us to feel better. Evidence shows that if a patient can see a tree outside their window, they recover faster and need fewer pain killers. We hope planting and seeing the trees brings the incredible staff and all the patients at the hospital some joy.”

Roots for the Future brings people together to plant trees near to where they live, work, learn and play. Planting trees is an effective way to tackle local environmental problems such as flooding and poor air quality, and it strengthens communities.

Medirest support services create positive environments to aid recovery and support the wellbeing of all who pass through our hospital doors.

National Tree Week is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration. Each year, the country’s conservation sector, volunteer groups and tree-lovers come together to plant thousands of trees to mark the start of the annual tree planting season. National Tree Week 2022 takes place from November 26th – December 5th 2022.