Birmingham Trees for Life (BTFL) started off 2020 in style with three tree plantings at parks in Sutton Coldfield, Bournville and Cotteridge. 

Children from Little Sutton Primary School planted six more fruit trees in the community orchard at Harvest Fields Park in Sutton Roughley, ably assisted by Waitrose Four Oaks staff who supported the event once again through their Community Matters scheme.  The children also planted a white barked Himalayan birch tree close to the First World War commemorative statue outside the Community Centre.  This is the third year that BTFL have planted trees here on the edge of Birmingham so it’s beginning to feel like a home from home!

The sun shone on 20 Year 1 pupils from Cotteridge Primary planted ten red hawthorne trees at Cotteridge Park, with the help of a group from Kings Norton Girls’ School. In the spring, the trees will be filled with beautiful deep pink blossom and will provide an important food source for bees and birds.  The children were starting a forest schools project with the Friends of Cotteridge Park, and after planting their trees went off to splash around in the mud and discover other exciting things in the park.   

A happy group of children from Bournville Village Primary School helped to plant ten flowering cherry trees at Bournville Park, to replace some old apple trees that had previously been removed. The enthusiasm of colleagues from T.A. Cook, a local company who supported the event, matched that of the children!  The children named all the trees and, with help from Friends of Bournville Park,  the children will keep an eye on the trees as they grow.