City Centre tree planting at Civic Voice

To mark the end of the national Civic Voice conference, hosted by the Birmingham Civic Society at the Rep Theatre, outgoing Chair Gavin Orton and his successor Amelia Ladbrook planted a tree in the beautiful late afternoon sunshine.  The planting of this ornamental cockspur thorn tree in City Centre Gardens was also a further celebration of the Civic Society's Centenary year in 2018, and was attended by members of the Society as well as delegates from the conference.

 

Web site update

We will shortly be having a bit of an update to our website to make it more user friendly for those of you who view by phone, so please bear with us! It may mean that we will not be posting for a few days but you can keep up with us via facebook.

Because we want to spend as much of our money as we can on planting trees, rather than on expensive offices, we don’t have a shop or office that you can visit.

You can e-mail us at info@btfl.org.uk

If you are a school you can email our Schools Liaison Officer direct at jane.edwards@btfl.org.uk

Yippee! We are back and planning our events

Welcome back all our followers. BTFL have had a quiet summer- as no trees to plant in the hot weather- but now we are back and almost into the swing of our busy planting season.

We start mid November, on the 14th, with a fruit tree planting at Harvest Fields in Sutton Coldfield and follow that by planting 10 more trees in Senneleys Park on the 15th.

Prior to Christmas our plantings consist of small numbers of standard trees, so the opportunity to welcome additional volunteers to join us is limited as most of the work will be carried out by local schools.

After Christmas the real work on larger sites begins with opportunities to come along and help available at

Allens Cross Rec B31 5 AT - 17th January

Glebe Farm Rec B33 9NE- 31st January

We will be adding more dates but please contact us if you would like to come along on either of those days to help- We also welcome enquires from schools who may want to come along and plant, especially at the two events above.

 

 

 

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Parks and open spaces under seige again !

Another summer and another battle to keep our parks and open spaces safe and clean for residents. Already, Travellers have invaded several parks, and this year there has been the added threat of 'people' setting fires in tinder dry areas without understanding the consequences!

We rely heavily on our already stretched Parks staff and now that 'stretch' is being tested. Please report anything you think may prevent a crime on 101 and/or speak to the Park Rangers if available.

BTFL will be busy planning our sites in the next month and then, sooner than everyone wants, the Winter will be here and our planting season will start ! Watch this site for a list of venues and the opportunity to come along and volunteer alongside our small friendly team.

 

Impressive Yr 6 pupils !

We spent a very enjoyable afternoon with Year 6 pupils from St Bernadettes RC Primary visiting Heybarnes recreation ground, which lies almost next door to their school. Only the River Cole comes between them and this very diverse open urban space.

The object of our summer forays is to spend more time with schools, talking about trees in general as a follow up to plantings we have done with their schools in local parks. When we plant our trees most of the saplings have no leaves, so the chance to see them showing leaves and in some case fruit offers the opportunity to begin learning the names of different species and how they spread their seeds.

Today we had all 3 classes from Year 6 so there are further photos that are available via this link

In search of Tree Champions in Sheldon

BTFL were out and about in Sheldon Country Park encouraging visitors to try and spot the differences in trees, rather than see them as 'one green blur' !

Numbers for our actual tree information walk were low (possibly the extreem heat and the open area kept visitors down), but families we met on site were very interested to receive one of the Woodland Trust tree identification swatches we were distributing and immediately set about trying to match leaf shaps and structures to those trees around them.

Several of the adults actually surprised themselves at the number of leaves they managed to identify, but as usual there were lots of questions from the younger family members who always seem eager to learn.

 

 To view our album of this event, follow this link.

 

 

  

Whilst at Sheldon we took the opportunity to revisit a small coppice of Rowan Trees that BTFL had planted several years ago, at the Rangers request, to attract Waxwings. It was heartening to see that they are now well established and fruiting.

Our thanks to Sheldon Ranger Service for the use of the schoolroom on site.

      

Hot sun at Heybarnes !

Year 3 pupils from St Bernadettes RC Primary joined us for a different type of BTFL 'event' today.  They were just the 2nd recipients of a new venture that sees us spending additional time with schools revisiting sites where they have previously planted, to see what their trees look like in summer.

We all spent a lovely afternoon looking at leaves, trees and bugs and all the pupils went back, reluctantly, to school,  knowing just a little bit more about trees and the part they play in the food web.

 

 A couple more pics via this link.

 

 

  What's that I see ????

 Some of the rare shade in Heybarnes recreation ground today.

 

 

 

 

(Some pupils are not allowed to participate in photographs but as they were all keen to be included ....you will have to excuse their 'rear' shot!)

Revisiting Jones Wood with The Deanery....

Great session today with year 4's from The Deanery C of E Primary, as we all revisited the site where they had 'planted' trees in Jones Wood.

Today, instead of planting trees, we tried to find out a little more about them. What type of trees, how old are they? Do they drop their leaves or keep them over winter? Who lives in them? Who eats them? So many questions- most of them coming from the pupils themselves.

Our thanks to them all for making todays session so enjoyable and offerring a chance for us to shelter in the dappled shade of the beautiful woodland area that is Jones Wood.

 

Big Healthy Lunch

Great day at Cofton Park yesterday when BTFL joined lots of other organisations interested in helping people improve their health and life style. Sustrans, Wildlife Trust,Greener Birmingham to mention a few! Hot sun, ice cream and lots of activities. Who could ask for more?

Community Tree Champion event 30th June

We are running a Tree Champion Workshop at Sheldon Country Park on 30th June - why not come along and learn more about trees?  Bring the family!

Greener Birmingham Day Out 24th June

BTFL is a member of the Greener Birmingham Coalition, a group of green, environmental and conservation organisations in the city working together to promote the city's green environment.

The coalition is organising a Greener Birmingham Day Out on 24th June to encourage local people to get out and walk or cycle around Birmingham's green spaces this summer.  You can find out more by downloading the leaflet here or checking out the website www.greenerbirmingham.com

Bring a picnic to The Big Healthy Lunch at Cofton Park at the end of the walk/cycle.  And you can take and share photos of your green journey too.

So why not get outside with the family and enjoy Birmingham's wonderful parks and open spaces this summer!  It's good for mind, body and soul to connect to nature, get some fresh air and exercise in the green.  Have fun!