Well it was a long time coming, but BTfL were so happy to be back in the fold at MAC Eco Fest this weekend.
Like all of us, we have missed personal contact with friends, colleagues, supporters and the general-public to chat, share ideas, laugh together and talk trees!
It was almost two years to the day since we enjoyed a get together like MAC Eco Fest and we didn’t realize just how much we’d missed it until we got back to it.
The weather was kind and it was bright and sunny outside in Cannon Hill Park and the atmosphere inside the MAC at the festival was lively, energetic, inspiring and, what’s that word – normal!
Normal, is something we haven’t felt for months and it is something we should celebrate and never take for granted. One thing is for certain we won’t be.
What was lovely for BTfL was sharing a stall with Birmingham Tree People. Now if ever there was a match made in heaven – it’s this one.
BTfL plants trees with communities and volunteers and Birmingham Tree People maintains trees with communities and volunteers.
Now we know it might seem like a no brainer, but what better way to start the tree planting season than with Birmingham Tree People.
The public that visited our stall were of all ages and were eager to find out all about trees or more about trees, also share their personal stories about trees. How to get involved in planting them and maintaining them.
Some came for advice about what trees to plant and where, suitable trees for their garden, how many trees we plant and maintain, how they could get involved.
Lots of children loved reading and looking at our displays, taking our tree educational booklets and going on tree hunts in Cannon Hill Park before the leaves fall from the trees, taking away seeds to plant and colouring in nature posters.
And what we loved most of all was hearing children tell us how much they know about trees!
One of the key messages we heard was how much more people are now appreciating their green spaces, parks and nature since lockdown ended.
We couldn’t be happier that trees are at the forefront of people’s minds.
But not just that, people’s passion for trees is growing and we spoke to many members of the general-public who want to make a mark on the tree legacy in Birmingham. One way you can do that is to log on to Birmingham Tree People’s website and learn how to become a tree warden in your local area, the training is free and you will learn so much while becoming an active tree advocate, here’s the link, check it out.
When we did get a chance to wonder outside in the park, we relished the autumnal colours on the trees, rusty reds, golden yellows and warm ambers glistening in the sunshine. The trees in Cannon Hill Park never cease to amaze us.
As do the beautiful people of Birmingham and beyond who visited our stall at the Eco Fest.
And with every new conversation about trees comes more enthusiasm, passion and pragmatism.
And we have plenty more room for much more of that because as we always say, we have to love, love, love trees.
Because a world without trees is a world without lungs and a world without lungs is a world with no future!
It’s a big thanks to the MAC Eco Fest for allowing us to share that message far and wide!