Queen’s Platinum jubilee marked with tree planting at Orthopaedic Hospital

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Queen’s Platinum jubilee marked with tree planting at Orthopaedic Hospital

A TREE planting ceremony has taken place at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopedic Hospital (RJAH) to mark two important events.

A total of 100 trees were planted at the specialist hospital in Gobowen, as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) celebrating her Platinum Jubilee and to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of RJAH moving to its current site.

The QGC invites people across the UK to plant a tree to celebrate the Jubilee.

The Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, Anna Turner, attended the ceremony alongside the interim chief executive of RJAH, Stacey Keegan and chairman of RJAH, Harry Turner.

Mrs Turner said: “The Platinum Jubilee is such a special moment for the UK and I’m delighted RJAH has been able to take part in the celebrations whilst also marking an important milestone of their own.”

This initiative has been made possible thanks to generous donations from brothers Mike and James Sadowski of Axcess Tree Services, who donated the trees, along with Grown Green who donated the tree guards.

The trees have been planted around the Path of Positivity at RJAH – an evolving green space that honors Sir Captain Tom Moore’s legacy by providing a place of wellbeing for patients and staff.

The path continues to develop with the addition of benches and picnic tables, and discussions are underway to include art installations in the future.

Families with connections to the hospital have also been offered the opportunity to donate trees in memory of loved ones.

Harry said: “We’re marking two historic milestones, by taking part in the QGC along with remembering the history of our hospital and our 100-year anniversary of being based in Gobowen – this is a significant occasion that will be remembered for many years to come.”

Stacey added: “This initiative aligns perfectly with our Green Plan and sustainability objectives within the Trust.

“The Path of Positivity is an incredibly important space for the wellbeing of our patients and staff alike, and I am thrilled we are enhancing the area further with the saplings.”

RJAH Charity is offering those who wish to support the planting sustainability initiative the opportunity to sponsor a tree for £20. Each tree will be allocated a unique tag and will be recorded in the hospital’s book of centenary trees.

If you are interested in sponsoring a tree, call 01691 404401 or email rjah.communityfundraising@nhs.net