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NHS Forest supporter

The security, cleaning and front of house services contractor Axis Group has made the NHS Forest its chosen charity. That’s a project that promotes access to green space on or near NHS land. The NHS Forest is a project coordinated by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, a registered charity.

The idea behind the NHS Forest is that there’s a clinical benefit to a patient looking out of the hospital window and being able to see green space; they get better quicker. Since 2009, over 200 NHS sites have collectively planted 66,931 trees, locking in carbon and enabling more people to enjoy green spaces. Axis has committed to plant a tree for every new employee it recruits.

Simon Giles, Axis Cleaning Chief Operating Officer & Axis Group Finance Director, says: “We want to praise and support our NHS by all means available and our support for the NHS Forest is a token of our appreciation and gratitude. The dedication and resilience shown by NHS workers during the past difficult year is admirable, and we hope to pay something back by investing in the long-term health and wellbeing of staff and patients.

“The NHS is a key customer for Axis, and our committed teams are working around the clock to provide essential support to NHS facilities around the country. I would like to congratulate our cleaning team at Bromley Healthcare, recently commended with an award for its outstanding assistance as an External Support Team at the healthcare centre. This award is a further example of our dedication and commitment to support the vital work the NHS is carrying during these difficult times.”

And Carey Newson, the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare’s Green Space for Health Programme Director, said: “We are grateful to Axis Group for their support for the NHS Forest. This will help NHS organisations in planting trees at their sites or close by, with environmental and therapeutic benefits for patients, staff and the wider community.”

For a list of hospitals and other sites that are part of the NHS Forest, visit


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