NHS Gloucestershire – Cirencester Hospital and The Conservation Volunteers Green Gym Project have won an award at the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust awards. The award of ‘Nature Works Workers Award for the Business that Most Effectively Encourages Employee Volunteering to Support Nature’; was presented by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP at glittering ceremony which took place at the House of Commons on 31st October.
Georgina Smith, Corporate Sustainability Manager said: “NHS Gloucestershire was delighted to receive an award for the TCV Green Gym at Cirencester Hospital Orchard. Spending time outdoors in green spaces is extremely important for health and well-being – having the Green Gym at the hospital has meant that we have been able to promote this to staff and the local population to encourage people of all ages to get outside and get fit! It is a real partnership approach with The Conservation Volunteers, Gardens for all and the Cirencester Town Council coming together to make the project a success.”
The Conservation Volunteers Green Gym provides a social gathering that helps people not in work through reasons of mental or physical health problems. Just some of the volunteers comments we have received include, “It’s good to get out of the house and meet other people,” “I always feel really energised at the end of the session,” and “It’s lovely being outdoors and in the woodlands.”
The awards were established by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to recognise and reward publicly county businesses that actively contribute to Gloucestershire’s wildlife and wild places.