BTFL wants to involve as many children as possible in tree planting around the city. Our aim is to encourage children to respect their environment and understand the importance and value of urban trees by involving them in tree planting projects in their local park.
Our Schools and Community Liaison Officer* works directly with teachers and the Birmingham Park Ranger Service to involve children in learning about trees, linking in with their studies of the natural environment, and actually helping to plant trees in their local park.
We welcome contact from schools - if you are a teacher who would like to learn more about how your school or class can get involved in tree planting, please contact our Schools and Community Liaison Officer, Jane Edwards, by completing the Schools Contact Form or alternatively email Jane directly at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BTFL provides a resource information pack for teachers, and educational/activity packs and certificates for each child that attends a planting event. We also work in partnership with The Open Air Laboratory Network (OPAL) to provide open-air science projects.
Our planting events also involve other local people wherever possible, such as Friends Groups, so they offer opportunities for all ages of the community to get together in support of their local environment.
* We are grateful to nPower for their funding of this role through their Community Sponsorship Programme in 2009-11. Since late 2011 this role has been funded through The Big Tree Plant grant.