As part of our commitment to community engagement on our Birmingham Trees Contract, idverde was pleased to support tree and whip planting at Glebe Farm Recreation Ground and Queen’s Park, Harborne in March 2018, resulting in 2,570 new trees being planted.

The events were led by Birmingham City Council’s Woodland Team and Birmingham Trees for Life, with support from idverde and volunteers from local schools and businesses.

The event at Glebe Farm Recreation Ground in Shard End saw 38 pupils from St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School working alongside staff from idverde, Selfridges, the Big Lottery, Public Health England, the Woodland Trust, and students from the University of Birmingham, to plant 2,500 tree whips. The whips included native species such as wild cherry, oak, bird cherry, spindle, lime, hawthorn, apple, pear, and hazel. The trees will form two large coppice areas on a large swathe of flat open parkland.

Later in the month, pupils from Baskerville School were joined at Queen’s Park, Harbourne, by over 30 volunteers mobilised by Trees for Cities from RSM UK, Eversheds, Clear Channel, and members of the FCO Chevening Scholarship programme, supported by idverde’s local team.

This event was slightly more challenging compared to other plantings, as each team of volunteers had to identify a large standard tree from the storage facility, find its location on the provided planting plan, and move it to its planting location in the park (which was no mean feat, as standard trees are heavy!). Once the right location had been found the volunteers had to dig a one metre diameter planting hole, position the tree in its centre, and backfill it with soil before staking it and covering the base if the tree with a thick layer of mulch to retain moisture. Having done all of this, the volunteers then went back to the yard to select another tree and start the process all over again.

The volunteers certainly had their work cut out for them, but altogether managed to plant over 70 large standard trees in a day. Varieties included taxodium distichum, Betula albosinensis, liquidamber, alnus, multi-stemmed Corylus avellane, quecus, and auracaria arucana (monkey puzzle tree).

Both events were a great success and enjoyed by the volunteers, who should be extremely proud of what was achieved in a short space of time.