How BTFL Works

Birmingham City Council contributes a sum of money annually to the project, which pays for some core costs and provides match-funding, and through the Birmingham Civic Society, a Registered Charity, BTFL works to secure other income from grant applications, charitable trusts, and sponsorship from companies and individuals, to plant more trees and develop new projects with local schools and communities.


In 2011 BTFL became one of the first beneficiaries of the Government’s national tree planting campaign, The Big Tree Plant, which ran for 4 years until March 2015.

We work in partnership with other local and national organisations where appropriate, such as The Woodland Trust and Trees for Cities, to bring additional resources in to the city.

All our tree planting projects take place on land owned by Birmingham City Council – public parks and open spaces.  Each summer we work with the Council’s Parks Managers and Rangers, and Friends of Parks groups, to develop a list of tree planting projects across the city.

Winter is the best time to plant trees (while they are dormant), and between November and March we work with our Council colleagues to organise the tree planting events at parks and open spaces all over Birmingham.  We are also helped by the Council’s grounds maintenance contractors, especially the Woodland Management Team.  We involve local volunteers, particularly schoolchildren and Friends Groups, to help to plant the trees.

We also encourage local businesses to sponsor tree planting and volunteer to take part in planting trees too.