Planting again from mid January!

We continue the 2017-18 tree planting season this month, starting on 17th January with the re-arranged Stirchley Park planting that had to be postponed due to snow.  We welcome additional volunteers at our larger events as noted below; dates and locations up to half term are:

Small events (c. 10 large trees):

17th January: Stirchley Park, Stirchley              18th January: New Hall Valley Country Park, Sutton

24th January: Handsworth Park, Handsworth    31st January: Adderley Park, Washwood Heath   

15th February: Harvest Fields, Four Oaks       

Larger events suitable for additional volunteers to come along to help (500 trees+):

25th January: Oak Meadow POS, Yardley         1st February: Pype Hayes Park, Erdington   

14th February: Gilbertstone Rec, Sheldon 

All events start at 10.30am unless otherwise stated.

Light-hearted addition!

As the New Year approaches here is a light- hearted look at music related to trees! Maybe it might make you review your play list.....

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/dec/28/readers-recommend-playlist-your-songs-about-trees?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Can we take this opportunity to wish you a very happy forthcoming New Year from BTFL.

The City Beautiful - 2018 is Centenary Year

The Birmingham Civic Society, BTFL's 'parent' Charity, celebrates its Centenary in 2018.  To find out more about the organisation, how you can become a Member, and the events planned to celebrate this milestone, please click here

An inspirational view of trees by Dame Judy...

If you missed Dame Judy Dench and her exploration of the life of trees, then you can catch up here. Well worth a watch !

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09jxnv4

Can we take this opportunity to wish all our supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Whether you support us financially or by wielding a spade on site, without your input we could not have achieved the planting of 70,000 + trees in Birmingham Parks and open spaces.

Thank you everyone, from all of us Birmingham Trees for Life.

 

Rescheduled planting at Stirchley

Despite our previous post about snow, I think you will agree that the amount of snow on the ground at the moment is exceptional SO....Due to adverse weather conditions, and after consultation ,we have decided to cancel this Thursdays Tree Planting event at Stirchley Park.

We have rescheduled it and it will now take place on Wednesday 17th January at 10.30am.

The school that planned to come along have also had to pull out as their school has already been closed for 2 days this week and  supporting an outside event in the same week was not considered viable.

Our apologies for the inconvenience but we need to consider what is best for the trees....and the planters.

Snow....and planting !

Many of you who plant trees with BTFL will be wondering what will happen if there is snow on the day you are due to plant?

Snow fall prior to planting does not necessarily mean we wont plant, as the snow actually insulates the ground and all is well just below the surface.

Snowfall on the day may not impact either, if it is light.

Both of the above are also dependent on whether we are planting large container grown trees or hundreds of smaller whips- (it's much harder to prepare the ground for them.)

HOWEVER- we do recommend that you check with whoever your contact is at BTFL before you make your way to the site. If you are a School- we will contact you the day before planting with clear instructions.

Finally, can we remind you that at this time of year you are advised to wear warm waterproof clothing and footwear.

 

Very uplifting article

Follow the link below to a very uplifting article about the effects on people of planting trees. I am sure we all knew this !!

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/08/people-seem-happier-how-planting-trees-changed-lives-in-a-former-coal-community?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Keep up the good work everyone !

Warm welcome at Holford Sports Hub

On arrival today we were a little concerned at the lack of people who knew who we were and what we were there for....but Dianne arrived, with the hot tea, and all was well!

Very soon we were 'refreshed' and planting spots on site agreed for the 10 apple and pear fruit trees. All that was left now was to dig the holes.

Holford Community Sports Hub is run entirely by volunteers and fulfills a major community involvement role locally.  Dianne's helper today, Zaina, had travelled across the city to give a hand.....although I don't think she had expected to be planting trees!

Luckily we were joined by Gavin Orton, the Chairman of Birmingham Civic Society, who pitched in to help get the 10 trees in the ground as soon as possible. You can see them all at work via this link.

Our thanks to Dianne , who seems to be the person that keeps all the balls in the air here, for making us so welcome, and to Gavin and Zaina who put their backs into planting these 10 lovely fruit trees.  Let's hope they grow well and produce lots of fruit in future years.

Coldest day so far at Aldridge Recreation Ground.

The weather man said '2 degrees but feeling like -4 degrees in the wind'....and there was wind at Aldridge Rec today, but also lots of sun. The Forest School pupils from Great Barr Primary didn't have far to go to plant 10 lovely Wild Cherry trees along pathways, as this site lies directly behind their school.

We were joined on site by a local Councillor and also a couple of 'Friends of Queslett Nature Reserve' but to be fair the pupils didn't need any help, as they soon got stuck in! Have a look at how hard they worked by accessing the photo album here.

Here are a few photos to be going on with.....

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smiles all round !

We all had to smile when we saw that the school had provided one extra special 'Hi Viz' today......not sure it was meant for one of the children!

Extra trees for Welsh House Farm Estate

Brrr.... Cold doesn't even describe the conditions at Welsh House Farm today but the gloriously blue skies made it pleasant for our tree planting event with Welsh House Farm Community School. Members of the school Gardening Club helped plant a variety of trees including Limes and Wild Cherry- 10 in all.

The planting area is flanked by tower blocks and we had received a special request to 'green up' this open area so Michael Tawe, the local Community Worker, had spread the word and several local residents also turned up to help.

If you look at all the lovely photographs we took today, you would get no sense of how cold it really was!

 

Our admiration goes to the school who have their own stock of spare hats and gloves for outdoor events, which meant that their pupils never once complained of the cold....unlike the adults!

 

Civic Society Announcement

Gavin Orton, the Chairman of Birmingham Civic Society, announced at our 'Ray's Wood ' planting that the Civic Society wished to award their Gold Medal to Ray for his work in Birmingham. All of his friends and colleagues will be pleased at this recognition of his work across the City.