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.
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.
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.
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