As part of our commitment to community engagement for our Birmingham City Council Trees contractidverde was delighted to support Birmingham City Council’s Woodland Team and Birmingham Trees for Life with the planting of 1,000 whips in Gilbertstone Recreation Ground, Yardley.

Following a short safety and tool briefing along with a demonstration on planting technique which was given by Jane Harding and Jane Edwards from Birmingham Trees for Life it was time to get stuck in.

Pupils from Al-Hijrah and Yardley Primary School along with volunteers from Birmingham University’s Geography Department and Deutsche Bank ignored a freezing cold wind and horizontal sleet to plant 1,000 young trees which consisted of Bird Cherry, Wild Cherry, spindle, Lime, and Oak.

The Woodland Team had prepared the site prior to planting by running a mole plough through the ground which certainly made the planting much easier for the enthusiastic volunteers.

idverde’s Midlands Horticultural Development Manager, Nicola Clarke, and Regional Community Manager, Dominic Knower, were on hand along with staff from Birmingham City Council and the Birmingham Trees for Life Team to help the children with their planting.

All the young trees were planted within two hours (many enthusiastic hands make light work) and it was a job well done in terrible weather conditions!