NHS Forest project chooses Elmscroft to plant 3,700 trees

Kate Bourne

13 January 2013

Dandelion Time site was the chosen site for the NHS Trust initiative.  NHS forest project aims to ensure that 1 tree is planted for every NHS employee in the country – a total of 1.3 millions trees. Volunteers, Family, Friends, babies, dogs accompanied the staff for the planting day at the woodland area at Dandelion Time in West Farleigh.  A total of 3,700 trees are now planted and represent the largest NHS forest site in Kent. The site will benefit the children and families who come to Dandelion Time but also the wider community.

The project is being managed locally by Dr Caroline Jessel, Medical Adviser and Sustainability Lead for NHS Kent and Medway. It’s also supported by gardener, writer and television presenter Sarah Raven.

The project is a fantastic opportunity to enhance not only the environment but health too.

“The staff attending our first planting day were keen to get digging and plant their own trees. They brought their families, friends and even dogs, and it was a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the outdoors as well as to do something which will make a difference for future generations.”

– Dr Jessel

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