We are delighted we were able to give staff, patients and visitors to Royal Surrey County Hospital the opportunity to plant trees as part of National Tree Week 2022. On Thursday 1st December we held a tree planting drop-in event in collaboration with Medirest and the hospital Trust.

To boost carbon offsetting at the hospital,  staff came out and volunteers from University of Surrey Students’ Union joined us through out the chilly, foggy day to plant hedgerow of 250 native saplings, and four larger trees.

We even managed to persuade passers by to get stuck in to create more biodiversity at the site and help the hospital reach its sustainability targets. It actually didn’t take much persuading because people LOVE planting trees!

The new hedge of native saplings was planted outside the new Guildford Borough Council Ward, adjacent to Gill Avenue. Three larger, semi-established trees were planted in front of the ward, adjacent to Egerton Rd. Guildford Ward is a purpose built Covid-19 isolation ward which was opened in July 2020.

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.

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. And the event was celebrated as Tree-iffic internally at the hospital!

Thanks so much to everyone who make it possible to get all the trees in the ground in the space of 6 hours. Heroic work!