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Cwm Taf University Health Board to plant 70 trees for 70 years

Staff at Cwm Taf University Health Board will plant 70 trees across their hospital and community healthcare sites to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

The trees will be planted across Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf in hospital and health park grounds; patient rehabilitation areas; well-being gardens as well as community healthcare settings to mark seven decades of the health service.

At a special event on July 5th – schoolchildren will also help plant one of the trees at Keir Hardie University Health Park in Merthyr Tydfil – a symbol of the future of modern healthcare – as well as a time capsule to reflect NHS past and present in the Valleys.

Chief Executive of Cwm Taf University Health Board, Allison Williams said: “This is a very special year for the NHS and we wanted to do something in Cwm Taf that would not only commemorate the last 70 years but invest in the next seventy years too.

“We thought that planting new trees right across our sites for the benefit of our patients, staff and local environment would be a powerful gesture symbolising belief and pride in the NHS for our future generations.”

The health board is also calling on people living in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil to share their memories and photographs of the NHS since 1948. Members of the public can send their stories to cwmtaf.news@wales.nhs.uk