Trees Committee

The BTFL Project Closed on July 1st 2022

It was managed by the Trees Committee, which reported to the Board of Trustees of The Birmingham Civic Society.  Most of the Committee members were volunteers, who gave their time to the project because of their love of trees and belief in the importance of trees in the urban environment. The Trees Committee was also supported by representation from Birmingham City Council’s elected Members, and significant advice and support from Parks Department staff.

Geoff Cole

Chairman; formerly Assistant Director, Parks, Sports & Events at Birmingham City Council

Viv Astling

Volunteer, formerly Chairman of the National Forest Company

Sue Griffith

Volunteer Member and former Project Manager of BTFL

Bill Heslegrave

Volunteer member, former Regional Director of the Forestry Commission

Stevie Prior

Volunteer Committee member

Fiona Williams

Volunteer Committee



Deborah Needle

BTFL Planting Projects Manager

Justine Marklew

Communications & Liaison

Simon Needle

Principal Arboriculturalist and Ecologist, Birmingham City Council