New trees enhance the local park landscape
Conservation and horticulture students at Birmingham Metropolitan College have been adding a new lease of life to some of the city’s parks by taking part in a major tree planting initiative.
The students have been supporting Birmingham Trees for Life and the City Council with activities at parks in Ballam Wood, Billesley Common, Lickey Hills and Perry Barr.
At each location, they have been working with students from local primary schools in order to help improve their knowledge of the outdoors and environmental conservation.
Beth Williams, college lecturer said: “This tree planting is a very rewarding live project and industry opportunity for our students to be involved in. They can really
be proud of the contribution they are making to the environment so that generations to come can enjoy these beautiful landscapes and recreation areas.
“We are delighted to be acting as one of the leading contributors to the initiative and to work with younger students who will hopefully be inspired to return to the areas they have worked in to enjoy the fruits of their labours as well as take up gardening projects in their homes, schools or communities.
Beth continued: “The project also stands them in good stead for their next piece of work, a conservation garden that will be exhibited at BBC Gardeners’ World in June.”
42 students based at the college’s Study Centre at Birmingham Botanical Gardens have participated in the Birmingham Trees for Life initiative.
Simon Needle, Conservation and Woodland Manager at Birmingham City Council’s Parks Department added: “Tree planting events take place every year. They are an excellent way for people to give something back to the local environment and be part of a lasting legacy at each of these locations.
“12,500 standards, which are trees of around 1.8m in length and whips, plants produced from a seed or cuttings, are being planted across our parks this year. This demonstrates how important it is for us to continue preserving and improving our local scenery.”