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Hospital trust wins award for nature reserve.

THE trust which runs University Hospital has won an award for creating a special nature reserve.

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust has won a NHS Forest national award for its community engagement in the creation of its Jubilee Nature Reserve.

The Trust joined the NHS Forest scheme in 2009 recognising the link between the natural environment and improving health.

This involved developing marshland at the back of the hospital in Walsgrave into a nature reserve with the help of partners Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Vinci. Relationships between local schools, businesses and day centres were developed to encourage them to use the reserve.

Clive Robinson, sustainability manager at UHCW said: "The project has helped harvest greenfingered health heroes with the community, local business, schools and day centres.

"The enthusiasm the NHS Forest has generated is truly amazing with schools planting trees, hedgerows and an orchard. Primary schools are also involved in bug surveys, whilst those still at nursery learn about the flora and fauna through puppets in the nature reserve."

Ian Crich, chief HR officer and executive lead for the nature reserve work, said: "We know that access to green areas has a positive effect on people's physical and mental well being. We are pleased that our community have been so involved in this project and will work hard to see this continues."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 11, 2013
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