As part of our commitment to community engagement for the Birmingham City Council Trees contract, idverde was delighted to support Birmingham City Council’s Woodland Team and Birmingham Trees for Life with the planting of 25 new specimen trees at Lickey Hillis, Northfield.
The event was held as part of Birmingham Trees for Life’s contributions to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Birmingham Civic Society in 2018. The Lord Mayor was joined by the Chairman of Birmingham Civic Society and the Chairman of Birmingham Trees for Life to plant 25 new and unusual trees in the existing arboretum area just below the Visitor Centre. It is hoped that this will now be known as the Civic Society Centenary Arboretum.
Due to the extremely wet and muddy conditions on the site, the Lickey Rangers enlisted the help of their Tuesday volunteers to undertake a lot of the hard work in advance, digging holes and pre-planting some of the trees. However, members of the Lickey Hills Society and Civic Society, together with members of the public helped to plant the last few trees on the day.
A short tree walk and talk amongst the more unusual trees in the arboretum, hosted by Simon Needle, was given after the planting which was then followed hot drinks and biscuits in the Old School House.