In February 2021, 19 cherry trees were planted at the entrance to Hope Coppice as a symbol of COVID remembrance and linked back to the cherry trees that were delivered to families and parish councils that took part in the ‘Tree of Hope’ competition last year. Families across the borough took part in drawing 'Trees of Hope' which was shared locally and with the NHS Nightingale Hospital located at the NEC and every entry got gifted with a cherry tree for their garden or school.
The first phase of Hope Coppice saw the planting of just under 1,200 trees, creating a community orchard and woodland. The woodland will be created in remembrance of those affected by COVID-19 and to make our community more resilient to Climate Change by creating further green corridors, increasing bio-diversity and creating new habitants.
The first phase of hard works began in early September, completion is expected mid-December. Works will include the creation of board walks, woodchip paths, a specially designed arch way and nature play – such as balance logs and stepping beams.