The weather today was probably the coldest we have experienced this year, and the site definitely the largest. The photo you can see shows less than half of the planting area ! Welcome to Allens Cross Recreation ground in Northfield. Luckily the sun was shining and we had lots of helpers.
First to arrive were the horticultural students from BMET College who rolled their sleeves up and got stuck in straight away. Next were the pupils from St Bridgets Catholic Primary school followed very closely by a coach full from Albert Bradbeer Primary.
As soon as they had received their instructions they were joined by staff from the birmingham offices of HSBC and Evershed Sutherland. Time to plant, so spades were allocated and everyone set off……up hill and down dale. Have a look at our photographs from today and you may get an idea of just how ‘up and down’ this site really is! Amazingly, two and a half hours later, every one of the 2500 whips were snuggled up safely in their furrows.
Special mention again to the Woodland Team as they undertook the mole ploughing of this area to make planting easier. Getting their tractor up and down some of these hills was a challenge in itself and then every whip had to be laid out roughly a metre apart ready for planting. A time consuming task !
Our thanks again to all our schools and volunteers that braved the cold and helped plant what will be a beautiful swathe of woodland. A great mornings work and we look forward to working with you all again.
St Albans Catholic Primary sent members of their School Council, and helpers, along to Brandwood End Cemetery to plant the first 15 trees in what we hope will be an ongoing project. In late 2018 over 60 large Poplar trees had to be felled as they had become unsafe due to age and disease. The Friends (FBEC) and the Tree Officer appealed to Birmingham Trees for Life for replacement trees and we were fortunate to be able to support this project. We were joined on site by three local Councillors, the Park Ranger for the area and two of Birmingham’s Tree Officers.
We were all looked after very well by The Friends (FBEC) who provided hot drinks, squash and biscuits for the workers- as well as pitching in alongside pupils to plant the trees. Lots of photographs available via this link !
We are now well in to 2019 and BTFL are about to continue their winter planting events!
This year our opening event is somewhere other than a park…….a cemetery ! On the 15th you will find us with pupils from St Albans RC Primary School replacing trees in Brandwood End Cemetery.
Next we travel to Allens Cross Recreation Ground, then on Saturday the 19th we join the Friends and families in Kings Heath Park.
January 29th- Adderley Park
January 30th – Batchelors Farm Park
January 31st-Glebe Farm Park
On behalf of all of us at Birmingham Trees for Life, can we wish Seasons Greetings to everyone that supports us. Whether you are a school who supports us on site, a Parks employee that facilitates what we do, a grant funder, a local Friends Group, or just a member of the public that takes the time to read our web site or face book blog. Without your support and interest we would not be able to carry on our work highlighting the importance of trees and trying to infuse the younger generation with some of the knowledge and passion that we share with many of our supporters. Thank you all again and we hope that 2019 brings you all that you wish for in life. Please keep supporting our projects in whatever way you can, as we head rapidly towards having planted 80,000 trees in the City of Birmingham !
Prince Albert pupils were intrigued by the beautiful and unusual names of today’s trees, so we thought we would print a list. They particularly liked ‘Louisa Red Shine’ !
4 x Acer campestre Lienco
4 x Acer campestre Louisa Red Shine
4 x Acer campestre William Caldwell
3 x Ulmus carpinifolia Wredei Aurea
Students from Archway Academy had two good assistants today as they planted 10 new trees in Kingstone Hill Park in Bordesley. The Lord Mayor and her Consort not only came along to work alongside the students to backfill planting holes, but they also stayed to offer support as our volunteer planters tried their hand at actually digging the tree pits! They discovered that this can be exceptionally hard, and we are indebted to BCC Woodland Team, who usually undertake all our groundwork preparation. More of their efforts appear in our gallery via this link.
This planting is the first of several in a 3 year project BTFL is undertaking as part of their work with HS2 and Groundwork. Our project has received a grant from HS2’s Community Environment Fund (CEF). The CEF fund has been created by HS2 to add benefit to communities along the route that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Phase One of HS2 from London to West Midlands.
Each year tree lovers can celebrate Tree Charter Day in National Tree Week.
The Charter for Trees, Woods and People was launched on the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest. The people of the UK have a right to the benefits brought by trees and woods and the charter recognises, celebrates and protects this right.
The Tree Charter now has many thousands of supporters. You can sign it here
The Friends, and pupils from Woodcock Hill Primary School, helped plant 10 new interesting standard trees along one of the central avenues in the park today. Catch them in action via this link
Today was unusual as the adults on site out numbered the pupils , but that was mainly due to the exceptional turn out of members from the Friends of the park. (There are 2 missing from the photo above !)Once again we were blessed with glorious sunshine and really pleased to see that our whip planting, done a few years ago, was already resembling an area of woodland! You can see them all standing proud in front of the more mature trees.
The pupils today enjoyed a long walk through the park, searching for bugs in dead trees, spotting squirrels and kicking up the carpet of leaves…..and still had time to plant our trees!
What a great start to our planting for this Winter as we were joined on site by our ‘regulars’ at Harvest Fields. Little Sutton Primary School have already worked with us to plant larger trees on this site and we were pleased to also welcome some staff from Waitrose in Mere Green, as their ‘green tokens’ funded our trees.
We were also joined by local two Councillors, who pitched in, and a few interested local residents.
It was hard to believe that we were in mid November, as the temperatures were well above average. This time our planters have helped create a small 10 tree orchard of apples, plums and pears, to the side of the Harvest Fields Centre, that should provide lots of fruit for local residents. The blue skies and sunshine meant that we took lots of photographs, so if you would like to see more please follow this link.