Your City, Your Trees

Involving local people

Raising awareness of trees

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Birmingham Trees for Life

Welcome to Birmingham Trees for Life, Birmingham’s dedicated tree planting charity.  Every winter we organise tree planting events in parks and public open spaces across the city, and since 2006 we have planted over 90,000 trees!  The City Council owns these parks, and BTFL works in partnership with the Parks Managers, Rangers and Friends of Parks.

We involve local school children in nearly all our planting events, and welcome local residents and community groups who would like to come along to help too.  If you are are a Birmingham-based business, perhaps you would like to get out and do something of value to your community – why not sponsor tree planting in your city and get involved? 

Each year we hold a ‘Friends & Family’ planting event, when people who have sponsored trees get the opportunity to come along and plant their own trees themselves. If you would like to join in the next sponsored planting event, you can sponsor trees here.

Our city has many trees, but we need more and we need to replace those that are becoming old or diseased ………..  so let’s get planting!

The 2019-20 season ended in March 2020- reports on the events can be found on the Past Projects page for the year .  Last winter, we held 20 planting events all over the city, and involved over 600 children and adults in planting over 5,000 trees – unfortunately the season was cut short by the coronavirus ‘lockdown’ and we were unable to plant all the trees we had planned.  You can read our most recent Annual Review here .

Over 90,000 trees planted

13,000 local people involved in planting trees, over half are children

Volunteers’ Week – A Celebration of Coming Together for a Common Cause!

2nd June 2020

Volunteers’ Week 2020 runs from 1st – 7th of June and is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make by Volunteering  in the UK every year. As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers’ wellbeing. It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out. Volunteering… Read more

We Have to Plant Millions More Trees! #TogetherWeWill

20th May 2020

When BtFL were invited to visit King Edward’s Boy’s School in Aston in February. We couldn’t have been more delighted. A group pf 15 students had chosen BTfL as their chosen environmental charity in Birmingham to support. The King Edward students in collaboration with a charity called Envision wanted to… Read more

Forest Tree Flowers and Fruits – look out for them on your walks

11th May 2020

We all enjoyed the amazingly beautiful ornamental cherry blossom in April. But forest trees also have flowers and fruits, sadly not edible like cherries and apples. The yellow flowers of the purple Norway Maple turn into ‘helicopter wing’ seeds, the pollen from the Oak catkins contributes to creating acorns and… Read more

Information about all our events, and lots of pictures, can be found on our blog.

Don’t forget – if you know of a park near you that needs more trees, get in touch!

Our Projects

Our planting events take place during the winter, from mid-November to March each year, as this is the best time to plant trees, when they are dormant.  We always involve local people, especially school children!

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Corporate Sponsorship and Volunteering

You can sponsor tree planting and bring groups of staff to plant trees with BTFL – help the natural environment and have a fun team-building event! 

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You can plant trees with us!

‘Trees for Life’ can be planted in memory of a loved one, or to commemorate a special occasion like a birth or an anniversary, or to celebrate an event such as a wedding or graduation. Some people just want to make a contribution to their local environment and plant trees for fun.

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Blog

Information about all our events, and lots of pictures, can be found on our blog – keep an eye out for the latest news!

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