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.



BTFL working in partnership with Trees for Cities at Queens Park

Today’s visit to Queen's Park was a rescheduled planting that we had to call off previously due to heavy snowfall, but this time the weather was generally kind to us and we even saw the sun later in the day. The task we were tackling today was the planting of between 50 and 70 large standard trees but there was a challenge involved. Each team of volunteers had to identify a tree in the storage facility and then read a map to find out where its location would be, move it to the location (no mean feat!) and dig a deep meter diameter planting hole!  Their next task was to position the tree in the center of the hole, backfill with soil, stake the tree and finally place mulch (bark chippings) around the base….. then, select another tree and start again!

You can see that we had plenty of work to do and we are grateful to our partners in this project,  Trees for Cities, who mobilised 30+ volunteers from various companies to assist us.
First to start planting were a small group of pupils from the adjacent Baskerville School. They are always keen to help out whenever we are in Queens Park.


They were followed by members of staff from RSM UK, Eversheds, Clear Channel and finally members of the FCO Chevening Scholarship Programme.
We aroused a lot of interest with local residents who were keen to see more trees in Queens Park and promised to keep a watchful eye on them. Representatives of one of our funders came along as well, to experience one of our plantings.
It was a long day but by 3pm everyone had finished their allotted tasks. We make no excuses for the large number of photographs in our album today as you can see, via this link that there was a lot going on! Our thanks to the volunteers who all worked so hard today to achieve a great result.

At last, better weather at Glebe Farm Recreation Ground!

The sun shone for us today as close to 100 adults and children worked in partnership at Glebe Farm Recreation Ground to plant close to 2500 whips (small trees).

After last weeks appalling weather we were so pleased to see relatively blue skies and milder temperatures. 38 x Year 3 Pupils from the nearby St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary school arrived by minibus and soon began working alongside staff from Selfridges, The Big Lottery, Public Health England, Idverde and students from the University of Birmingham. (If I missed your staff out please let me know!) Also helping with the marshalling of planters on this vast site, as well as planting themselves, were our BTFL staff plus volunteers and two Woodland Trust representatives. We were also joined on site by the Woodland Manager of Birmingham, two local Councillors, the Parks Manager and one of our sponsors….so a full house! If you would like to spot yourself on site, you can follow this link.

Once underway planting progressed rapidly and friendships were formed between young and old who worked alongside each other, and by lunch time the job was complete.
Glebe Farm recreation Ground started the day as a large swathe of flat open parkland and finished the day with two large coppice areas of potential trees and understorey shrubs to join similar areas established by BTFL over previous years. Well done to all our planters and we hope to see you all again on site in the future.

If you can't see yourself in our photo album, please keep checking. We are waiting for other photographs taken by those on site to add to our album If your group would like to be notified when we have decided on our 2018/19 sites or if you have any photographs you took yourselves that you would like us to add to the album,  please e mail  us at  Thank you.

Sub zero temperatures affect plantings

I am afraid we have been defeated by the weather this week! BTFL have had to postpone their planting events this Wednesday and Thursday the 28th February and 1st March, as temperatures are expected to be well belowfreezing. Not only would that make digging pits for large trees difficult, it would also make the whole experience unpleasant for our volunteers.

Our apologies if you were coming along to help but as soon as new dates are set, we will post them on this site.

What a difference a day makes!

Yesterday- sleet and snow, skies and sun !  Just as well as we welcomed the Lord Mayor of Birmingham to our planting at Harvest Fields as well as two of our sponsors.

School Council pupils from Little Sutton Primary School also joined us to make sure that the adults did their job correctly. Their school has an entrance facing this area of parkland, and in the centre of the park is The Harvest Fields Centre where we were treated to hot drinks and biscuits after all 15 trees were safely planted.

We were also joined on site by staff from Waitrose in Mere Green who came along to assist our younger planters. BTFL were lucky enough to be nominated to receive funding from their in house  Community 'disc' initiative.

Graduate Planet had also assisted in funding the tree planting at this site and we were pleased to meet Kate Evans who was representing them.







Pupils worked hard as there were 15 large trees scattered around the site. Lots of photographs today as the sun was shining! Follow this link to see them all.

The planting goes on........

3 years ago the Lord and Lady Mayoress helped us plant our 40,000th tree. Today, at a very cold Gilbertstone Recreation Ground, local schoolchildren, representatives of our major sponsors Deutchebank, volunteers from University of Birmingham, a local Councillor and other volunteers helped plant another 1000 tree woodland, bringing our total to well over 70,000 trees

We really hope BTFL are helping to make Birmingham a greener place.


Shivering, at Gilbertstone Recreation Ground

If everyone in todays album photos looks frozen, its because they were!! It may not show on the photographs but it surely shows on the faces of many of the planters that we were enduring freezing temperatures, snow, sleet, wind and rain today as we endeavoured to get 1000 young trees planted at Gilberstone Recreation Ground in Yardley/Sheldon.

Luckily we had plenty of keen helpers from Yardley Primary School, Al-Hijrah School, Birmingham University and Deutsche Bank  who all put in a supreme effort and in under 90 minutes all 1000 trees had their roots in the ground!

Follow the link above to the album if you would like to see yourself at work and you are able to download copies of those pictures if you wish.

Other visitors today were Councillor Mike Ward and his Assistant (Work experience) Roseanne, who is shadowing his every move for a whole week! Travelling a bit further, from Northampton and Liverpool, were two representatives from Idverde who assisted with ensuring all the trees were planted as they should be. Our thanks to everyone, and despite the weather they all seemed to enjoy themselves and assured us that they would love to come and help again....but perhaps in warmer weather!


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Staff help clear brambles in 'Deutsche Bank' Woodland at Lickey

The sun shines on the righteous, and it certainly shone on all of us at the Lickey Hills today!  Twenty staff members from Deutsche Bank's Birmingham offices returned to a woodland area that they have been creating. Today's visit was to remove brambles, self seeded saplings and unwanted shrubbery. The previously planted trees were now established enough to have the 'rabbit shields' and stakes removed, creating a natural hazel coppice.

After a safety briefing and some instructions everyone set off to clear as much of the bramble as they could, and by lunch time most had been removed.

Lunch consisted of baked potatoes and beans cooked on an open fire, hot drinks and fresh fruit - as well as the odd Kit Kat!!



There are lots of photos of everyone hard at work via this link, and a small album showing the massive difference their work made from 'jungle', to clear sight of the tree guards, to finally....natural coppice! It is hard to see the difference you have made when you are standing on site but I think once they see this 'before and after' album they will realise just how much they achieved.

We hope they all enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed hosting them for this event. Our thanks again to Deutsche Bank for their continued support and we look forward to working with them at Lickey and some of our other sites around Birmingham.