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 around 2500 whips (sapling trees).

After last weeks appalling weather we were so pleased to see relatively blue skies and milder temperatures. 38 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 us with the marshalling of planters on this vast site, as well as planting themselves, were two Woodland Trust staff.  We were also joined 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 grassland and finished the day with two large areas of woodland trees and understorey shrubs, adding to similar areas established by BTFL in 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 jane.edwards@btfl.org.uk.  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, today....blue 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.

Busy, busy at Pype Hayes.....

We had such a busy and enjoyable day at Pype Hayes Park today, and I will give a mention to all concerned a little further down this blog but I have to mention the resiliance of the 26 pupils from Paget Primary and their staff/parents. They arrived on site in glorious sunshine and within seconds of admiring a huge rainbow that had appeared we were all caught in a very heavy rain shower.....but no worries, as we took to the shrubbery to shelter!!

Just as soon as it had arrived, it passed and the sun shone again.

Safety talks were done, spades issued, trees collected and off they went to begin the planting of 800 whips in a strip across the park.

Immediately, on their heels, we welcomed pupils from Abbey RC Primary, SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary and Arena Academy. Once again, after a brief introduction, they were planting in rows at speed! So much so that it took just over one hour to get 800 trees into the ground.....

For this event we called on as many of our 'adult' supporters as possible to assist us, as we knew we would have lots of primary pupils on site. They did not let us down and we were supported by several Forest School Leaders and parents with their school groups, staff from 'Nite Nite' and two members of the public who volunteer when they can. Thank you all for helping to make this relatively busy event run so smoothly. We also welcomed several local councillors and our youngest trainee, Cllr Alden's daughter ...who slept through it all. (To be fair she is still very young!)

It was a fairly busy planting but we did take a few photos, so follow this link to catch up.

Adderley Park planting with a 'very local' school!

The enthusiasm of the pupils from Adderley Primary School was evident as they pitched in to plant 10 new trees for the perimeter of the park, to ultimately help to shield the view of factory walls.

'Adderley' is a name shared by the park and the school, who have their own gate on to this lovely green open space in what is a mainly urban/commercial area close to the city centre.

The school makes use of the park with a 'morning walking' regime and also for sports activities, so we are sure that the pupils will be keeping a close watch on their trees as they grow, and indeed they are already planning visits to see the trees when they are in leaf in the summer.

Our thanks to the staff and pupils, who told us a lot about their school and themselves! We hope to see you all again soon. We have created an album of this event so follow this link to see the pupils at work.

 

Volunteers welcome at our larger planting events!

We welcome additional volunteers at our larger events as noted below; dates and locations up to half term are:

1st February: Pype Hayes Park, Tyburn, Erdington

14th February: Gilbertstone Rec, Sheldon

All events start at 10.30am unless otherwise stated.

 

If you would like any further information you can contact us at     jane.edwards@btfl.org.uk

 

 

A sad end to a lovely day.

After such a lovely sunny morning we were so sad to hear the news that Leo, the much loved Head Ranger based at Woodgate Valley has sadly suddenly passed away. Here at BTFL we are shocked, as it only seems like yesterday that he was sharing his enthusiasm about trees with the school pupils on many of our planting sites.
For many years our tree planting schemes in the west of the city have involved Leo, who was passionate about the environment and community involvement.  We will all miss him and his enthusiasm (not forgetting his "can do" attitude). Birmingham has lost a true eco-warrior.

RIP Leo, our condolences to all his family and friends
From us all at Birmingham Trees for Life

Oak Meadow POS on a sunny day....can't beat it!

Two minibuses full of year 3 pupils, from St Bernadette's Catholic Primary, arrived to help us create a swathe of whips along the bank at the summit of this beautiful site. This open space is so tucked away that many local people do not know it exists!

As soon as the first minibus arrived the pupils were instructed, as usual, in site safety, and then with the help of volunteers, including a local Councillor, they set to, aiming to plant 500 whips in 90 minutes!

A quarter of an hour later the second group of pupils arrived and utilized the remaining spades and volunteer adults to speed the process.

Lots of photo opportunities as the sun shone all morning - a bit different from our experience yesterday! Have a look at them via this link.

 

During the morning it was apparent how many local residents use this area for dog walking and as a short cut, so hopefully there will be many eyes watching over our new woodland planting, as well as the 5 large hawthorn trees along the path.

 

 

 

Our thanks also go our volunteers, Councillor Choudhry and the Woodland team who not only planted the 5 large trees but pitched in to help the pupils afterwards.

Everyone's efforts meant that we achieved our goal and by noon all 500 whips and 5 standards were safely in the ground.