the green hospital project

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The green hospital project is a collaborative enterprise to bring nature and greenery into clinical spaces and promote a more ecologically sustainable healthcare system.

Hospitals and doctors’ surgeries have become sterile unnatural spaces where patients and staff have lost their connection to nature.

Yet research shows that plants have a positive effect not only on wellbeing, but on important outcomes, like time spent in hospital, pain and wound healing.

Meanwhile, hospitals produce a phenomenal amount of non clinical waste, much of which could be reduced or recycled rather than sent to landfill.

Our goals:

1. Make clinical spaces more natural.. natural light, more greenery, fresh air

2. Reduce wastage and improve recycling within the NHS


What's the problem?

Isn’t it bizarre that in hospitals we only pay attention to the drugs and treatments we are giving patients, not the actual space and environment? How can the spaces where patients come to heal so often look cold, hard, uninspiring and bleak?

How have we become so disconnected from what is natural, that we often treat patients in windowless boxes, with no fresh air, no natural light, and no greenery?

How can we spend so much money on drugs and equipment, yet virtually nothing on creating a more natural environment, which has been shown to improve mood and help recovery?

A change that would cost a fraction of the amount we already spend and improve the wellbeing of patients and the NHS’ 1.4 million staff

By focusing on medical interventions we have neglected and massively underestimated the healing power of the natural world, and bringing some greenery into clinical spaces is one simple step back in the right direction


Of 185 hospital staff that we surveyed:

  • 64% do not manage to get outside at all during working hours

  • 21% get out for only up to 15 minutes per shift

  • 78% get very little or no natural light

  • 89% feel being connected to nature (the natural world, greenery, sky, natural light, fresh air) is very important to their sense of well-being

  • Yet 79% feel not at all connected to nature at work

  • 60% felt something as simple as more potted plants at work would help


Do you work with plants and want to get involved?

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Do you work in a clinical space and want to join our collaborative?

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You ask for a poem.
I offer you a blade of grass.
You say it is not good enough.
You ask for a poem.

I say this blade of grass will do.
It has dressed itself in frost,
It is more immediate
Than any image of my making.

You say it is not a poem,
It is a blade of grass and grass
Is not quite good enough.
I offer you a blade of grass.

You are indignant.
You say it is too easy to offer grass.
It is absurd.
Anyone can offer a blade of grass.

You ask for a poem.
And so I write you a tragedy about
How a blade of grass
Becomes more and more difficult to offer,

And about how as you grow older
A blade of grass
Becomes more difficult to accept.

Brian Patten

A Blade of Grass

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William James


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