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Greening the NHS Estate in Scotland

In Scotland, the Greening the NHS Estate programme is aiming to influence the mainstreaming of green exercise into health policy and practice.

Through a number of demonstration sites, the programme is improving NHS grounds for health and wellbeing purposes and encouraging more people to make greater use of outdoor spaces and woodlands.

Managed in partnership by NHS Health Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland under the Green Exercise Partnership (GEP) the programme has explored greening options with estates and public health departments in most of the 14 Area Health Boards in Scotland.

A key target is to develop demonstration projects at all of Scotland’s mainland area health boards. Around £2.5m, including £1m from the Scottish Government, has been invested in the programme over several years.  Currently, there are six live demonstration projects at NHS sites across Scotland, which have involved a range of works, involving the retrofit of existing facilities and integration of greenspace design into new builds.

For further information and to view the demonstration projects visit the Building Talk website.

 

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