Ideas for NHS Sustainability Day 2013?

Frances Mortimer's picture

NHS Sustainability Day is coming roung again - Thursday 28th March 2013.  Anyone got ideas on how kidney units could take part?



Climate Week ideas

Frances Mortimer's picture

Climate Week is 4-10 March 2013 (separate from NHS Sustainability day on 28 March).  But we (Green Nephrology members) might want to get involved in both - or to pinch some of their ideas! Just got this email from the Climate Week organisers:

Dear friends and colleagues

With over 600 events already registered for Climate Week 2013, now is the time to start planning your activities for 4-10 March. Please register your plans on Climate Week's online map.

You can run any kind of event that encourages people to live and work more sustainably. Here are some ideas:

  • Run an event about your organisation's sustainability work, for key audiences such as your customers, people in your sector, staff or the public.
  • Swap unwanted clothes or books to save resources and money (and win celebrity items from Andy Murray, Hugh Laurie and others!)
  • Enter the Climate Week Challenge competition.
  • Do a sponsored cycle to raise money for a local cause.
  • Make a meal using leftovers, local and seasonal ingredients, or less meat and dairy.

Please register your event to inspire other people in your area to run their own events.


With best wishes

Kevin Steele


Tree planting!

Frances Mortimer's picture

Right, so it's only 2 months until NHS Sustainability Day on 28 March 2013.  Of course we want kidney units to join in and help raise awareness about sustainability.  So the suggestion is that we get as many units as possible to encourage their Trusts to plant 2 trees at 2pm as part of the NHS Forest - see

This was really good last year and attracted interest on the Guardian Healthcare Network among other places.

Quite a lot of NHS Trusts are already signed up to the NHS Forest and have designated a site for tree planting, so it's just a matter of getting in touch with the Estates departments and planning for 2 trees to be planted on 28 March. 

For other Trusts, this could be a good opportunity to let them know about the NHS Forest project and encourage them to sign up. You can find out if your Trust is already registered here. If you need help explaining to Trust management all about the NHS Forest project, then let us know.

What do people think of this plan?



Hi Frances, I've registered

Ben Wilson's picture

Hi Frances,

I've registered an interest on the NHS Forest website last week. I am hopeful of getting some 'green nephrology' time allocated in the next week or so and the '2 at 2' idea is one I'll be trying to push.

Watch this (green) space!!


NHS Forest on 28 March - is your Trust participating?

Frances Mortimer's picture

We're hoping that kidney units will get involved in NHS Sustainability Day on 28 March and one of the ways to do this is through planting "2 trees at 2pm" as part of the NHS Forest.

Your Trust might not know about the NHS Forest - in which case this would be a great time to tell them! Or they may already be planning to take part - in which case could you encourage staff and patients from the kidney unit to join in the occasion?

These are the places signed up so far:

  • Leicestershire Partnership Trust
  • University Hospital, Coventry
  • Yorkshire Ambulance Service
  • Cambridge University Hospital
  • The Whittington Hospital
  • Kent and Medway
  • Barts London
  • Airedale Hospital
  • Doncaster, Rotherham and South Humber MHT
  • Central Lancashire Trust
  • Oxford University Hospital
  • Llanberis GP surgery
  • Liverpool Women’s Hospital
  • Sussex Partnership Trust
  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare
  • NHS Sustainable Development Unit
  • York University
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust
  • Royal United hospital Bath

If your Trust is on the list but you are not sure who would be the link person in the Trust, please contact Sarah Dandy.


NHS Forest

Ben Wilson's picture

We will be starting the ball rolling at Arrowe Park Hospital by planting 2 trees at 2pm on 28th March. The plan will then be to register as an NHS forest and plant many more. Our neuro rehab unit is looking at the possibility of an allotment on site and this should give us scope and space for some fruit trees to complement the veg.

I'll keep you posted on progress


Bloody Snow!

Ben Wilson's picture

Sadly the planting of the first 2 trees of our new NHS Forest site has been delayed due to the snow.

We were due to mark NHS sustainability day on 28th March by planting the first 2 trees for our newly registered NHS Forest site at 2pm. The trees were due to be situated on the grass verge next to the traffic lights by the exit/ entrance at Arrowe Park. Sadly we have had to delay the planting until the snow clears but as soon as it does and we have set a new date for the planting we will let you know


NHS Sustainability Day - 10 days to go...

Frances Mortimer's picture

Have heard from a handful of kidney units who are going to be planting trees as part of the NHS Forest next week.  Would be great to hear of more!

Anyone who is taking part, please let us know how it goes and take photos to send in / post on the Network for all to see.

Lots of Trusts already participating - check if yours is one of them at .

Best wishes, 



Dr Bike for NHS Sustainability Day

Alexander Ford's picture

Sun is shining here in Chester.

I have organised a local cycle retailer to come on site and give a free "Dr Bike" session, check bikes over and give advice on cycle maintenance. All part of NHS Sustainability Day

In the past, sessions have been well attended by NHS Staff, both cycle commuters and leisure cyclists. We usually hold sessions at the front of the Hospital during the usual lunch time period 12 till 2pm.

Best wishes


Chester Health Park Cycling User Group

SPOKES...the NHS Cycling Network




Good move.  You should

Chiew Kong's picture

Good move.  

You should include patients involved too - get them to cycle to power their dialysis machine. This will save lots of energy, provide a more efficient dialysis and make fitter patients. This should be what we should be aiming for. 

best wishes 

Chiew Kong 

formerly at Lister Hospital, Stevenage


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