Today marked the final planting event for schools, communities and families with BTFL for this season. Trees are now leaving their winter dormant period, so we will suspend planting until November this year when we begin again for our 2019/20 season !
Our thanks to everyone that has joined us on site, ‘Friends’ of parks, schools, corporate groups and volunteers. We couldn’t do it without your support. We also need to give special thanks to BCC Woodland team, who make sure all our spades and trees arrive at the right place and prepare all our sites. Finally a thank you to all the BCC Parks staff and our BTFL volunteers who give their time to make things happen!
Keep watching this site to see what else we are up to, as we are busy with schools and events during the summer- helping to spread the word about the importance of trees.
Our thanks to members of Green S Welfare Force for travelling to volunteer with us again today. If their members follow this link they will be able to see each one of them receiving their certificates and badges.
Friends and family of the late Leo McKevitt met this morning to plant some beautiful trees in his memory. (Rowans and Maples)
Today’s trees were sponsored by Leo’s family and planted in an area close to his heart- Norman Chamberlain Playing Fields. This was also an area that Leo knew better than most- as he worked as the Senior Ranger here, and later at Woodgate Valley Country Park. Immediate family were joined by members of the Friends groups he had worked alongside.
Leo was well known to all of us at BTFL as he had great skills with all the children and adults that attended our events and always came up with new ideas to engage all ages.
He will be sadly missed by family, friends and colleagues, but we are sure he will have been looking down with a smile as we all battled against the wind to keep the trees, and ourselves, upright! You can see our efforts via this link.
Our thanks to the Old Saltleians RFC for allowing us to use their sports pavilion to get out of the wind for a well earned hot drink, and special thanks to the McKevitt family for choosing to sponsor trees with BTFL.
We think this post says it all. Well done, the local community. Over 150 pupils and 50+ adults turned out in force today to help us start the replanting of Perry Common Recreation Ground, after extensive work following the building of some new housing and flood prevention measures devastated this green area. Today’s efforts were the start of a long term replanting initiative.
To say it was busy was an understatement….but everyone pitched in and worked together to plant close to 1500 small saplings that will hopefully create some eco friendly copse areas on this open land.
There were so many schools and groups involved that we have decided just to list them, but would refer you to our album of the day to get a closer look at their involvement.
Pupils from: St Margaret Mary RC Primary, Oasis Short Heath Academy and St Bernadette’s RC Primary ( between 40 and 60 pupils from each!). We would also like to thank the many parents and staff (and mini bus drivers) that accompanied them to site to help with planting.
Our thanks also go to all the adult volunteers who came along from Deutsche Bank Birmingham, Witton Lodge Community Association and Birmingham University students (BADG group), as well as our own volunteers and the BCC Woodland Team.
Unusually today we all managed to get in a photo together, along with Linda from the Friends.
I feel sure there will be more photos on the Witton Lodge Community site as well!!