Sheffield medic to plant 150 trees as he says goodbye to the city

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A top medic leaving Sheffield after more than a decade is to help plant 150 trees with friends and colleagues to mark his time in the city.

Consultant neurologist Dr Dilraj Sokhi has arranged for the trees to be planted as part of the NHS Forest project.

They will be planted on the Skye Edge playing field, between Manor Laith Road and Skye Edge Avenue, Skye Edge, on Saturday.

Dr Dilraj Sokhi, who has worked for Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for 11 years and leaves at the weekend, is moving away from Sheffield to live overseas.

He said he is organised the tree planting event as a thank you to colleagues and to get them together before he leaves.

Dr Sokhi sourced the trees from the NHS Forest and together with the Sheffield Council identified a site in Sheffield short of trees.

The NHS Forest is coordinated by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare charity.

Funded by charitable trusts, corporate and individual sponsorship, the project’s central aims are to improve the health and wellbeing of staff, patients and communities through increasing access to green spaces.

During his time at the Trust Dr Sokhi has been involved in a number of environmental initiatives and was also nominated for the hospitals ‘Be Green’ award in 2011.

Dr Dilraj Sokhi said: “I have organised the event as a leaving gesture as I thought tree planting would be a good way of getting together some of my friends and colleagues from the Trust who have worked with me through the years.

“I am told by NHS Forest that this will be the largest number of trees planted in Yorkshire as part of the project and it will be great to see Sheffield Teaching Hospitals up there as a Be Green campaigner.”

Dr Sokhi will be moving to work at Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, as a Neurology Consultan, specialising in epilepsy.

His move is part of the World Health Organisation’s campaign to bridge the treatment gap for people with epilepsy in the developing world.

To find out more about the NHS Forest project visit http://nhsforest.org