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.
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.
St Albans Catholic Primary sent members of their School Council, and helpers, along to Brandwood End Cemetery to plant the first 15 trees in what we hope will be an ongoing project. In late 2018 over 60 large Poplar trees had to be felled as they had become unsafe due to age and disease. The Friends (FBEC) and the Tree Officer appealed to Birmingham Trees for Life for replacement trees and we were fortunate to be able to support this project. We were joined on site by three local Councillors, the Park Ranger for the area and two of Birmingham’s Tree Officers.
We were all looked after very well by The Friends (FBEC) who provided hot drinks, squash and biscuits for the workers- as well as pitching in alongside pupils to plant the trees. Lots of photographs available via this link !
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 !
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!