You may notice from our photo album today that lots of the pupils and adults are holding green hearts. This is part of a wider project to get people to think of what they love about the environment and how they feel at this time, and in this case their experience of planting trees with BTFL. The words are their own………….some of the pupils words are very thoughtful. Thank you everyone for taking part!
We think this post says it all. Well done, the local community. Over 150 pupils and 50+ adults turned out in force today to help us start the replanting of Perry Common Recreation Ground, after extensive work following the building of some new housing and flood prevention measures devastated this green area. Today’s efforts were the start of a long term replanting initiative.
To say it was busy was an understatement….but everyone pitched in and worked together to plant close to 1500 small saplings that will hopefully create some eco friendly copse areas on this open land.
There were so many schools and groups involved that we have decided just to list them, but would refer you to our album of the day to get a closer look at their involvement.
Pupils from: St Margaret Mary RC Primary, Oasis Short Heath Academy and St Bernadette’s RC Primary ( between 40 and 60 pupils from each!). We would also like to thank the many parents and staff (and mini bus drivers) that accompanied them to site to help with planting.
Our thanks also go to all the adult volunteers who came along from Deutsche Bank Birmingham, Witton Lodge Community Association and Birmingham University students (BADG group), as well as our own volunteers and the BCC Woodland Team.
Unusually today we all managed to get in a photo together, along with Linda from the Friends.
I feel sure there will be more photos on the Witton Lodge Community site as well!!
We came very close to being buried by leaves today at Garrison Lane Park…..and the amazing London Plane trees on this site were awe inspiring but Bordesley Village Community School had tree planting on their minds………
BVC School is very close to this park and most of the pupils use the playground here. They also come here to play football with their Sports Teacher occasionally, so they were all familiar with this open green space in an extremely urban area in the shadow of the ‘Blues’ ground.
Their task today was to add 5 new large standard trees to the perimeter of the site and then plant 100 smaller whips in one corner. As you can see here, they made a great job of both tasks and hopefully a small coppice will mature in this empty corner. Well done to them all for working hard to get this job done in record time and we hope to work with them again in the summer, when we will be revisiting to see all their trees in leaf.
I feel I need to ‘shout out’ for Teachers everywhere. There is a school of thought that they go home and finish work at 3.30,…. but BTFL have to say that we have seen many indications recently that their days are getting longer and longer with the advent of the ‘Smart Phone’!!
I used to e mail teachers at tea time and expect a reply maybe the next working day. Now it is becoming the norm to receive a reply in the evening or late at night! When I question them, they all reply that they have to deal with a huge amount of work…..including catching up on e mails, in their evenings and weekends.
Can we offer our thanks to them for taking the time to deal with our requests for school involvement- as it would be very easy for them not to bother!!
This morning the whole of Glebe Farm Recreation Ground was a sea of frost……..but the sun was glorious and the sky was blue.
Year 4 pupils from Audley Primary school were assisted on site by staff from HSBC and Selfridges (Birmingham) as they worked side by side to plant 1000 young trees. Today we were also joined by the Woodland Trust, a local Councillor and a representative of the Friends of the Kingfisher Project. Unfortunately the early sun changed to low cloud and temperatures dropped, but not before all the trees were planted and it was time for a warming drink. The pupils promised to keep an eye on the planting and local residents popped by to offer their support….what more could we want? Well done everyone. Lots of great photos via this link.
Our thanks again to Birmingham City Council’s Woodland Team, who we rely on for ground preparation and transportation of trees and spades. We couldn’t do it without them!
When we rang Alston Primary School in Bordesley Green and asked them if they fancied planting trees in Batchelors Farm Park , their first question was…….where ?? Even we had to double check that we had the right location !
The park is actually very close to their school and can be entered at the bottom of Kenwood road, although we have to say that the entry gate area is not at all inviting and we hope the local Councillors see our post and try and do something to mitigate this issue. The pupils were shocked at the amount of dumped waste that had obviously had been there for a long time. Much had also been on fire at some stage.
Once you enter this park, known locally as part of Bordesley Green Recreation Ground, the view is entirely different with lots of beautiful semi woodland areas flanking the railway line and shielding houses from noise.
Today some of the school’s ECO group planted 5 large trees, to spread the wooded area, and used those trees to protect 100 smaller saplings planted inside their boundary area. We hope these will grow into another small woodland coppice area in time. Our thanks to the 6 pupils from Alston Primary who, with their staff, worked very hard to do all this work in an hour! You can follow their efforts via this link.
Pupils from The Rosary RC Primary and Adderley Primary joined us in Adderley park today to plant 10 large standard trees and 300 smaller saplings.
The cold weather did nothing to dampen their enthusiasm and, even though their numbers were small, they worked hard to help us get most of the 300+ trees in the ground ! Adderley pupils were continuing a planting that they actually started this time last year but everyone agreed that the additional help from The Rosary was very welcome. It seemed to fit well with their ‘mindfulness’ week.
Adderley Park is one of the oldest in the City and a welcome green space in a mainly industrial area. It is really encouraging to know that we have many more pairs of eyes keeping watch over these new young trees and we hope that the new ‘woodland’ area will mature to mask some of the noise and pollution from the adjacent roads.
Our thanks to Adderley staff for their tweets!! Really good work by everyone on site ! Lots more photographs are available via this link.
All gardens should have at least one tree!
This weekend is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. It’s the world’s largest wildlife survey and everyone can take part. I’ve just done mine by sitting at my lounge window looking at the birds visiting our garden for an hour (a pleasure in itself!). And in my average sized urban garden (only about 6 miles from the centre of Birmingham), I recorded 14 different species including a woodpecker, a black cap and a wren.
We all need to provide habitats for birds and other wildlife in our urban gardens, and trees are an important feature as they provide both food and shelter. You might think your garden is too small for a tree, but there are many varieties bred specifically to remain small enough to fit perfectly into small urban gardens, such as rowan, flowering cherry, hawthorn and crab apple – all have blossom for bees and fruit for birds, as well as providing beautiful colour for us to enjoy.
So why not make it your mission this winter to plant a small tree in your garden – the tree and the wildlife it brings in will give you and your family much pleasure throughout the year!
Despite the inclement weather, the rain did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of over 70 members of the community who turned out in Kings Heath Park to plant 500 new saplings and extend an area of woodland. BTFL and Ranger Dean were joined by planters from across the city but mainly from the local area, thanks to some excellent promotion by The Friends of Kings Heath Park.
Our special thanks today must go to the sponsors of our event, who consist of an extended family who returned to the area especially to plant trees in memory of a much missed relative. They had literally travelled from all over the UK to plant in a park that had played a special place in all their lives!
The morning started with 52 people on site but people kept arriving and it was lovely to realise our final count was over 70 including 20+ children (…and one dog!). Our thanks again to the Friends for spreading the word and to everyone that came along to plant. We hope you all had an enjoyable experience, despite the weather. Maybe you can catch sight of yourselves in our album of photos via this link.
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.