Individual Sponsorship – ‘Family and Friends’
‘Trees for Life’ can be planted in memory of a loved one, or to commemorate a special occasion like a birth or an anniversary, or to celebrate an event such as a wedding or graduation. Some people just want to make a contribution to their local environment and plant trees for fun.
Of course you can also just donate to BTFL if you prefer, and we will use your funds in one of our projects, if you don’t wish to come to plant trees yourself.
Sponsorship starts at £25, but if you would like to plant more trees you can donate more. The best thing is that you can come and plant them yourself with family and friends, and the trees will be planted in a public park which you can visit at any time.
*Please be aware that due to Covid-restrictions we will be unable to invite friends and family to take part in a physical tree planting for this event until March 2022. We apologise for the inconvenience and hope to see you at the next event. We will update this page with further information about this event as lockdown retractions are eased – we thank you for your patience and understanding.
Here are some quotes from families who planted with us last year –
‘I thought I would be coming here to plant one tree, but I’ve already planted ten – it’s wonderful.
‘We wanted to offset our carbon footprint, planting trees is a brilliant way to do that and we hope we are doing our bit to save the world one tree at a time…’
‘We bring our Chow Chow dog here every day for beautiful dog walks so our friends decided to buy us some trees to plant here as an engagement present!’
‘We are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary, what better way to do it!’
‘We are planting a tree to commemorate Dillon’s birth. He is one year-old now and we wanted to show that you are never too young to put tree.’
You (or your named recipient) will receive a personalised certificate and an invitation to come to our annual sponsors’ tree-planting event in Birmingham during the planting season – November to March.
(We are sorry, but we are not able to meet requests for specific planting locations or dates.)
You don’t need to come and plant the trees yourself – if you wish, we can plant them for you.
Our next ‘Family & Friends’ sponsors’ planting event will be in March 2021.
To sponsor tree planting and receive a certificate and invitation to an event:
IF YOUR TREE SPONSORSHIP IS A GIFT FOR A SPECIFIC OCCASION PLEASE CAN YOU ENSURE THAT YOU GIVE US AT LEAST 2 WEEKS NOTICE TO ENABLE US TO RECEIVE YOUR INFORMATION, PROCESS THE CERTIFICATE, AND FOR THE POST TO DELIVER IT!
(We are a very small, very part time, team and are not always available to send certificates out at really short notice – thank you, your co-operation is much appreciated).
To pay by cheque through the post:
Download the sponsorship leaflet, then complete and return it with your cheque to the address on the form. Cheques should be made payable to: Birmingham Civic Society Bham Trees for Life
Sponsoring trees through Just Giving
Alternatively, you can sponsor trees online through the Birmingham Civic Society’s Just Giving page. If you use Just Giving to make your payment, we need you to follow the instructions below please in order that we can process your tree sponsorship correctly:
1. If you wish to receive a certificate and an invitation to a planting event, we need all your details for sending the certificate, invitation etc, so please download and complete the sponsorship form through the link above, scan it and email the scan back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send us all the required details in an email.
2. To pay online via Just Giving:
Click on http://www.justgiving.com/birminghamcs/ and click again on DONATE.
Put the figure you wish to sponsor for (minimum £25 to come and plant your trees) in the amount box, and click on Donate Now. In the ‘Leave a message box’ please add ‘BTFL trees sponsorship’ and please write your name in the name box so that we can link your donation to your form if you wish to receive a certificate and invitation. We will then link your payment with your emailed sponsorship form and process the sponsorship accordingly. If you wish to receive a certificate and invitation to the planting, it is really helpful if you can please include your donation reference in your email to email@example.com
If you are just donating to BTFL through Just Giving, and don’t wish to receive a certificate or an invitation to the planting event, you don’t need to give us your contact details if you prefer not to.
Come and Plant Your Trees
You, and/or the recipient of your gift, will receive an invitation to a planting event in Birmingham during the planting season. We will tell you the date (a Saturday), location and time of the planting session, including travel and parking information. Family and friends (young or old) are welcome to come along. If the date is not convenient for you, and you would still like to plant your trees, we can invite you to the next planting event (which is likely to be the following winter).
Our Family & Friends sponsors’ planting event for the 2020-21 season will take place in March 2021.
At the planting event, the young sapling trees and spades* are provided. Help will be on hand for those who need it. All you need to bring is sturdy footwear (wellies or walking boots are good!), warm clothes and gloves.
Birmingham City Council owns the parks, river walkways and other open spaces where trees will be planted, and will be responsible for looking after the trees and the woodlands in the future. As all the land is publicly owned, you can visit your trees at any time. Trees are not marked in any way, to leave the woodland natural.
* Bring your own spade if you have one!