Planting events for 2017/18 due to start.

Birmingham Trees for Life are on the starting blocks for the 2017/18 planting season.

23+ parks and open spaces earmarked, spread across the City. We are just lining up schools, so if you have enquired.....answer that phone/e mail, it could be us!! Alternatively, if you would like your pupils, or your Company to be involved at one of our plantings between now and March 2018 please contact us via this web site or e mail us at    jane.edwards@btfl.org.uk

Cycle or Walk and enjoy a Greener Birmingham!

The Greener Birmingham Coalition is holding an event to raise awareness of Birmingham's green environment and encourage everyone to get out and about in our parks on 10th September.  

You can walk or cycle from one of several starting points to the city centre - see the poster below for details of how to take part. The walks and rides finish at City Centre Gardens behind the Library where there will be family fun activities to enjoy.

http://www.bbcwildlife.org.uk/news/2017/08/16/4-ways-greener-birmingham

Plans almost complete for 2017/18

At last we have honed our prospective plantings for 2017/18 down to a manageable level. Site visits have been done so just final checks with Parks Managers and Friends Groups before we publish where we will be planting and when. Watch this space....It is still not too late to let us have your requests for plantings and, whilst we may not be able to consider them for this planting year, we will place you on our list for 2018/19.  It will soon be here!!

BTFL at CoCoMAD

Birmingham Trees for Life were out meeting the public today at CoCoMAD in Cotteridge Park. Our thanks to Simon and Debbie for waving our flag....literally!

This wonderful event is organised every year by the Friends of the park. 

Its not too late for you to register an interest in either sponsoring one of our tree planting events or coming along to help plant at a site....or of course both!

Contact us via this web site.

2017 Strategy Meeting now complete

At the end of each planting year the Trees Committee get together to decide the way forward for the next planting year. Where will we plant?  What will we plant?  Who will be our partners and, the most important question......where will we get the funds from!!

Every year we receive requests from Friends Groups, Parks Managers and members of the public to plant trees in their local open space or park. Of late we have also had to consider how we can involve partner organisations, as we have been developing good relationships with The Woodland Trust, The Wildlife Trust (Birmingham and Black Country) and Trees for Cities.  Add to that the fact that financial sponsors often have a critera for the area in which we plant  and the organisations they would like involved...... and you can see that planning our sites to accommodate everyone and everything  is somewhat challenging!

Despite this, the planning for our 2017/18 events is now well under way and we hope to be able to publish a site list very soon.  If you are a Friends group and haven't yet contacted us with your requests, it is not too late. E-mail us or contact us via this site. We can't promise to accommodate everyone in the next planting year but we will try to get round to you as soon as we can.

If you are a school or organisation that would like to come along and help plant trees in your local park or green space, then please email jane.edwards@btfl.org.uk

 

All traces of 'Broad Street Tree' removed!

The photographs below show the final removal of the 'stump' of the Broad Street Tree. note the utilities pipe adjacent! This area is now fenced in readiness for the next phase of work. Thank you to Sue Griffith, who caught these Contractors on camera. (Not that 'they' were doing anything wrong, just following orders).

 

 

 

Oaks bursting forth

BTFL have planted many, many Oak trees throughout the City in the last 10 years. The moment Oak trees 'burst' their buds and come into leaf is considered by many to be the real start of Spring. The Woodland Trust (whose wonderful picture this is) are working with Nature's Calendar to record this date all over the country (the date varies dependent on where you live).  Have a look in your local park and see if you can spot the date when our wonderful Oak trees start coming into leaf.

There is an interesting fact sheet available  via  http://www.woodlandtru.st/p7LXC

Spring is on the way!

One of our committee members has sent this beautiful photograph and a few words to brighten your day.

Spring is coming. A week ago this Chestnut tree had brown 'sticky buds' but now the leaves are starting to emerge out of the bud. They will, of course, grow much bigger than this. Next, the flower buds will form and in May the 'candles' of pink or cream will be beautiful. Can you see the leaves coming out on trees near where you live?

Thank you Sue for drawing this sign of spring approaching to our attention. We are often too busy with our lives to marvel at nature!

Beautiful sunshine for sponsors to plant at Lickey

The sun really shone on our planting today, deep in the Lickey Hills. 45 adults and children joined us to plant trees in memory of loved ones, or to commemorate a family event, and because they love trees. All of the trees had been sponsored by our planters today so that made them very special.

The walk to the planting site was fairly long and challenging underfoot, due to the recent heavy rain, but everyone made it there and back in one piece….despite some very slippery and deep mud ruts.

Today’s planting consisted of oak feathers (small standard trees) that had been grown in the Lickey nursery, and they were supplemented by a large number of smaller hazel whips.

We have taken lots of photographs today so hopefully everyone who participated will find themselves on one of them somewhere! Follow this link to see most of them, but we will be adding more as people share their own photographs with us.

After the long uphill walk back to the Visitor Centre everyone enjoyed a well earned hot drink and snack before heading home. Today was an especially busy day on the Lickey Hills as it was the first really warm sunny day of the year, so we hope everyone enjoyed their planting experience and that some may choose to join us again next year.

Sponsor a tree with BTFL

Birmingham Trees for life have now completed their main planting programme for the season 2016/17...... but we have one more event at the Lickey Hills, where we will be joined by members of the public who have chosen to sponsor a tree in memory of a loved one or to celebrate an event.

If you would like to sponsor a tree, and help plant it at our next sponsors' event, why not visit the 'sponsor a tree' page on this website to find out more?

Thanks for the 'tweet' St Bernadettes!!

Retweeted St. Bernadette's (@StBernsPrimary):

3EH had great fun planting trees in our local area. Thank you to the team at Birmingham Trees for Life! 

Volunteers turn out at Heybarnes.

Today was the last official planting in the BTFL calendar till next season starts in November, so we wanted to go out with a bang…….and what a bang!


Close to 170 adults and children joined us on site at Hey Barnes Recreation ground to turn this open space into a Nature Improvement Area Woodland. Today’s event was a joint venture between Birmingham Trees for Life, The Wildlife Trust and Trees for Cities and we have Trees for Cities and the The Woodland Trust to thank for the 5000 saplings and several larger trees that now 'green up' Heybarnes.

As you can imagine it took lots of people to plant all those trees so can we thank Trees for Cities for rousting up well over 50 corporate volunteers from Birmingham branches of national organisations. Hopefully we have not missed anyone out in our volunteers list below…..
Arconic, The Wildllife Trust (Birmingham and Black Country), RSM, The Environment Agency, Green ‘S’ Welfare UK, The Big Lottery, Trees for Cities and of course our own BTFL volunteers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Our thanks also go to Simon and Debbie Needle for organising the whole day and making sure we had trees, spades, the Ranger Caravan as shelter, and more importantly……..hot drinks. A special mention must go to Green ‘S’ Welfare who provided some well appreciated warm samosas and spring rolls!!


 

 

 

 

 

The sun may not have been shining but I think you will see from our photo album that smiles all round were the order of the day-especially from the pupils of nearby St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School who sent a whole year group to help the adults plant! Well done to them as they all worked very hard.
Such a great end to a great planting season. Thank you everyone concerned.

This was the first time that Birmingham Trees for Life had worked on site with Trees for Cities and we hope that it will be the first of many. Unfortunately the only people we forgot to photograph were us....and them, but we did get several people to pose in front of our respective flags!