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
Yesterday in the shadow of the Blues ground, today within a stones throw of the Villa….impartial!
What a joy today was ! The Cohesion Team from Prince Albert Primary School burst on to site and never lost an ounce of their enthusiasm when tasked to plant 15 beautiful trees with enchanting names! The more observant of you, that view our album for this planting, will notice a larger than usual amount of ‘arty’ foot, leg and hand shots! That’s because a few of our planters could not be ‘featured’ on photographs but were keen to be included….so we have tried to take shots so that they can say…….’that’s me’ !
Today’s site was challenging in many ways as before we could plant, arrangements had to be made to ‘clean up’ the area, which seems to attract fly tippers. Our BCC Woodland team found some of the tree pits contained more concrete blocks and bricks than they usually encounter which made life difficult. Never the less this small patch of green, in an otherwise very urban area, now has 15 new trees that will provide some beautiful Autumn colour….and Prince Albert Primary has 10 buzzing members of their Cohesion Team!
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.
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?
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.
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.