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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.
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!
BTFL arranged a tree planting at City Centre Gardens to mark the national Civic Voice conference, held at The REP theatre in October, hosted by the Birmingham Civic Society in its Centenary year. Outgoing Chairman Gavin Orton and incoming Chair Amelia Ladbrook planted a cockspur thorn tree in this small park behind the REP on a beautiful autumn afternoon. Delegates from Civic Societies all over the country came to the conference to discuss Conservation and Regeneration and how cities can balance the two. They were treated to a number of tours of ‘The City Beautiful’ – the Birmingham Civic Society’s theme for Centenary year – including a tour of the canals by kayak! BTFL ran a workshop at the conference on green spaces in the urban environment too.
We will shortly be having a bit of an update to our website to make it more user friendly for those of you who view by phone, so please bear with us! It may mean that we will not be posting for a few days but you can keep up with us via facebook.
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Welcome back all our followers. BTFL have had a quiet summer- as no trees to plant in the hot weather – but now we are back and almost into the swing of our busy planting season.
We start mid November, on the 14th, with a fruit tree planting at Harvest Fields in Sutton Coldfield, and follow that by planting 10 more trees in Senneleys Park on the 15th.
Prior to Christmas our plantings consist of small numbers of standard trees, so the opportunity to welcome additional volunteers to join us is limited as most of the work will be carried out by local schools.
After Christmas the real work on larger sites begins with opportunities to come along and help available at
Allens Cross Rec, B31 5AT – 17th January
Glebe Farm Rec, B33 9NE – 31st January
We will be adding more dates but please contact us if you would like to come along on either of those days to help- We also welcome enquires from schools who may want to come along and plant, especially at the two events above.