Celebrating 50,000 trees in the ground across Birmingham!
Last week the Woodland Trust joined Birmingham Trees for Life (BTFL) for their last big planting of the season.
1500 trees were planted in Norman Chamberlain Playing Fields in Kingfisher Country Park as part of BTFL’s wider River Cole Project. The park runs along an 11km stretch of the River Cole from Small Heath (Birmingham) to Chelmsley Wood (Solihull) at the M6 motorway. Along the river there are areas of formal public open space, tall herbs and scrub, coarse grassland, wetland with several small ponds and ancient woodland. It is situated in the Birmingham Ward of Shard End, where since the 1970’s urban development has seen the loss of green spaces, and suffered social and economic decline.
BTFL saw the River Cole corridor as a perfect place to use tree planting and opportunities to learn more about trees to provide local people, especially school children, with events and educational sessions that would encourage them to explore the natural heritage on their doorstep. So, this year as well as planting trees they will also be bringing classes and inviting families back out to the site to come and find out more about their trees and wildlife later in the year.
The Woodland Trust has supported BTFL for 5 years, supplying 10,000 trees a year for their planting events across Birmingham, and this event was used as a chance to celebrate this ongoing partnership.
On the day we were joined on site by pupils from Cross Tile Academy and Dame Elizabeth Cadbury school, plus volunteers from HSBC, and Shah Satnum Ji Green S Welfare Force (who provided delicious chai tea and snacks!), and with such an army the 1500 trees went into the ground in just over an hour!
Jenny Carpenter: Engagement and Communications Officer, Central England
Images: BTFL website. https://btfl.org.uk/blog/