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.
Birmingham Trees for Life may be the organisers of all these lovely tree planting events across the City- but without the muscle of Birmingham City Council Woodland Team and the support of the Tree Officers we would not be able to plant the large numbers of trees that we do. This year we hope to reach our 80,000th!
Every planting event either requires the digging of tree pits or the mole ploughing of furrows for whips. Our trees need to be delivered to site and most importantly……our spades! No matter the weather we can rely on the lads of the Woodland Team to be ready when our planters (usually schools or volunteer groups) arrive on site.
We often forget how much we depend on them and their good will….so lets have a ‘shout out’ to the whole team !!
Today we were also assisted on site by two of the Tree Officers for the South of the City, who are frequently involved in decisions to remove trees- so especially enjoyed this opportunity to work alongside pupils from St Albans RC Primary and local Councillors to put some trees back !
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 !
How lucky are we? Just half an hour before this photograph was taken we were all being buffeted and soaked as severe weather passed through the area, but by the time members of Birmingham Civic Society and BTFL staff had walked down to the Arboretum area of the Lickey Hills…….the sun came out !
Earlier this year several trees were planted by the Civic Society to extend this arboretum and today, as the plaque was unveiled, two further trees were added. We had expected to be planting today in rain and wind but thanks to a break in the weather we all enjoyed a really pleasant morning, followed by tea and cake in the Lickey Hills Visitor Centre. Lots of lovely photos are available in our album, via this link.
Last year, in fact the very same week, we were joined by pupils from Welsh House Farm Community School and the local community to plant 10 trees in the area at the rear of the flats in Selcroft Avenue. Once again today, we enlisted the help of the year 3 Gardeners Club at Welsh House Primary to add 3 more trees in the same area. We were joined on site by a local Councillor, and some members of the local Community Group as well as a representative of the sponsors and our local Park Ranger. You can see them all hard at work here!
Well done to everyone for putting up with the morning fog and drizzle……but I think we were lucky. As we left the site the rain began pounding down and the wind started to whip around the blocks. A sign of the weather to come?
BTFL will be back adding to our last tree planting at Harvest Fields Centre with pupils from Welsh House Farm Primary School and staff from the sponsors of the trees……Waitrose, Sutton Coldfield. Last year we were joined by the Lord Mayor but this time they are ‘going it alone’! Fingers crossed for good weather.
The leaves begin to fall and the nights draw in, so its time for Birmingham Trees for Life to get some of the school pupils and Friends of Parks groups around the City planting more trees !
We start our year in Sutton Coldfield with the pupils of Little Sutton Primary and staff of Waitrose, planting some fruit trees in the grounds of the Harvest Fields Centre. Senneleys Park, Welsh House Farm, Kingston Hill Park and Bromfield Close follow in quick succession ………and then it is Christmas!
These first 5 plantings are fairly small with between 10 and 15 standard trees, so the pupils manage very well on their own with the task. In the New Year we start with the larger sites and larger plantings with anything from 10 large standards to 2500 smaller ‘whips’. Its on the larger sites that we always welcome help from volunteers so if you live close to any of the sites below and would like to come along and help- contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or via this site.
Allens Cross Recreation Ground-B31 5AT 17th January
Glebe Farm Recreation Ground-B33 9NE 31st January
Perry Common Recreation Ground- B23 5DR 13th February
After a couple of weeks internet silence, BTFL are now back posting on their web site. We had to maintain ‘radio silence’ for a short period whilst our site was brought up to date and made more user friendly for those of you that view by phone or tablet. We hope it’s a success, and please tell us if you experience any difficulties. Luckily we have still maintained our presence on facebook!