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!

Clean Air Day 21st June

We all understand the importance of trees, and among many other benefits, trees can help to remove pollution from the air we breathe.  Clean Air Day is on 21st June; BTFL plants lots of trees each winter - why not see what you can do to get involved and help to reduce our city's air pollution?  
                                      https://www.cleanairday.org.uk

BOSF(Birmingham Open Spaces) Conference

This year's BOSF Conference took on a different look as the two afternoon sessions meant that members had the chance to learn more about, and take part in, different activities carried out in Parks. The morning session involved speakers from several organisations and also gave delegates the chance of having 'just a minute' to champion their own group.

Afternoon practical sessions varied from learning about the technical equipment that the Tree Officers use to determine the health/stability of a tree, to learning about green wood working. Also available were workshops to help with event organisation and health and safety assessment.

  

 

     Lee Southall showing his skills at wood turning.

 

 

 

The BOSF Conference always offers the chance for Friends groups to connect with Birmingham Trees for Life and also an opportunity for us, as an organisation, to network with the various BCC Parks employees and interested organisations.......as well as enjoying a hearty lunch and cake!!

Civic Society Centenary Arboretum

The Lord Mayor was joined at Lickey today by the Chairman of Birmingham Civic Society and the Chairman of BTFL to help plant 25 new specimen trees in an area below the Visitor Centre. The Lickey Rangers had enlisted the support of their Tuesday volunteers to do a lot of the hard work in advance, digging the holes and pre-planting some of the trees, in what proved to be extremely wet and muddy conditions.

The event was held as part of BTFL's contributions to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Birmingham Civic Society in 2018. The 25 new and unusual trees have been added to the existing arboretum area and it is hoped that this will now be known as the 'Civic Society Centenary Arboretum'.  Members of the Lickey Hills Society and the Civic Society, together with some members of the general public, helped to plant the last few trees on the day.

Conditions today were wet and very muddy as our photo album will show !

After the planting we were treated to a walk amongst the unusual trees of the arboretum area, with identification and descriptions by Simon Needle, followed by hot drinks and biscuits in the Old School House.

Our thanks to Steve Hinton and Simon Needle for working with the volunteers to prepare the site and help us avoid the worst of the mud!

Congratulations to Birmingham Civic Society on 100 years of their work in Birmingham.

More Redwoods for beautiful Kings Norton Park

BTFL were back again today for the third time with the Friends of Kings Norton Park to continue establishing an avenue of beautiful Redwoods. Our thanks go to our friend Luc for helping to fund today's trees, and also for getting 'down and dirty' with everyone in the mud today !

As well as some members of the Friends, we were also joined by 2 families with their children who really entered into the planting and moved a fair amount of Kings Norton clay in order to get 4 new Redwoods into the ground. You can see everyone caked in mud via this link !

  Luc may look like he is doing all this on his own.......but honest, we were all there !

Kings Norton Park is a beautiful open space and this avenue of Redwoods already enhances the area, but given time it will be magnificent!

HSBC woodland work party at Senneleys Park

Take 10 HSBC staff and release them into the outdoors at Senneleys Park......and despite the cold, mud and fog, this is the end result!

Today we really made use of our volunteers from HSBC Bank as there was some serious work to be done on an area of woodland we had planted previously, about 6 years ago. Unfortunately some of the Ash trees that we planted were sufferring from 'Ash die back' disease and needed to be pruned hard back or in some cases removed.

The plus side of today's repeat visit to Senneleys was that it gave the volunteers, and ourselves, the chance to see how well this 6 year-old planting had developed. Needless to say, we were very pleased to see how our saplings had established themselves and were well on the way to creating a beautiful woodland area.

After their hard work removing trees they needed a break for a hot drink and cake! Yet again a member of their staff had baked beautiful 'tree' cup cakes. You can see how well they went down with everyone.......

 

As soon as everyone was refreshed it was time to put back some trees to replace those removed. Today we were planting about 100 bird cherry whips within the woodland and two larger standard trees adjacent to the car park.

 Our thanks to the whole team from HSBC, some of whom had not done this type of outdoor work before, for their hard work - we hope they enjoyed their visit as much as we enjoyed having them.

 

 

 If you follow this link you will be able to see them all at work , but not at their desks !!

Late planting activity

BTFL are back planting again (after Easter!!) - an unusual occurrence for us but I am afraid the snow earlier in the year meant we had to reschedule a few events! Tomorrow we are 'exercising' some Bankers from HSBC as they help with some clearance work and planting in Senneleys Park. There will be photos.............

Phase two of 'Ray's Memorial Wood'.

After all that snow we were blessed with glorious sunshine at Perry Hall Playing Fields today. This was our second visit to this site as in November 2017 friends and colleagues of the late Ray Hassall helped plant a number of large standard trees as phase one of creating 'Ray's Wood'. 

Friends and colleagues joined us again today to plant close to 500 smaller trees, surrounding the larger standards. When matured these trees will help create a multi layered extension to nearby woodland.

We were also joined today by pupils from Dorrington Academy, as they had helped plant the original standards. They all agreed that they had to work a lot harder today !

That didn't stop them all pitching in and managing to get lots and lots of whips safely in the ground. They were a little tired at the end, as our photo, below, shows!

Our thanks to all Ray's friends and colleagues who all worked hard to complete this amazing memorial, reflecting Ray's love of trees. Lots of action in todays album!

 

Luckily the above photo was staged......and they were all still full of energy at the end !

 

Our thanks to Helen and the Friends who provided hot drinks, fruit and cakes to all the pupils and helpers.

Amazing result of collections in memory of Leo McKevitt

We have today heard from Diane McKevitt that Birmingham Trees for Life will be fortunate to receive a donation of £1175.80 as a result of collections in Leo's memory.  We are sure that this sum will enable us to provide a lasting legacy for his contribution to the city and to our work.  Many thanks to everyone who contributed, and a huge thank you to 'Leo' and his family for thinking of us.

 

Family and Friends Sponsorship Event at Pype Hayes

The weather threw everything it could at families and their friends today when they joined us in Pype Hayes Park to plant over 300 saplings and continue the creation of a new woodland. Despite below freezing temperatures, high winds and snow showers most of the time, we did see the odd burst of sun, but the changable weather did not deter our planters as they managed to get all 300+ saplings in the ground in about 90 minutes! (The cold weather did increase the speed of planting !!)

You can see from the photograph above that they all looked pretty cold as they listened to instructions given by the Woodland Manager, but once they started to plant they soon warmed up and made excellent progress considering the conditions.

BTFL served hot drinks and plenty of biscuits and cakes from the Ranger Caravan to warm everyone up but it wasn't a day to hang around in the open for long!

Our thanks to everyone who sponsored trees today, whether it was in memory of a loved one, celebration of a birth or just because they love trees. Your support is vital to organisations like Birmingham Trees for Life, and we hope you will spread the message to family and friends to come along and do the same thing next year.......preferably in better weather! You can follow this link to all the photographs we took today.

Great work by HSBC staff at Ward End Park.

Birmingham Trees for Life have visited Ward End Park several times over the last 10 years and today we enlisted the help of staff from HSBC in Birmingham to ' lift the crowns' on a few of the established trees.(Trim off the lower branches)

HSBC volunteers were with us all morning and were also keen to help plant some more whips (small trees) to fill in any gaps where trees have been lost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see that they entered into the spirit, as one of their staff had kindly baked some 'tree themed' cup cakes! They were yummy.....

Our thanks to everyone that turned out, as the work undertaken today will make a major difference to this burgeoning area of woodland. Ward End Park has a dedicated team of volunteers and they will really appreciate this extra effort in their beautiful park.

To see how their day went, you can follow this link.