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Planting at Lavender Hall Park

Over the past few days, we have been planting up the ‘Green Flag’ awarded Lavender Hall Park with the help of volunteers from Touchwood Shopping Centre and Brownie Guides.

 

Lavender Hall Park now has the addition of two tree-lined paths, consisting of over 40 trees, 20 of which sponsored by Touchwood in honour of their 20th Anniversary which was celebrated last year (2021). Volunteers from Touchwood joined us on the brisk January morning and helped to plant the trees they’d sponsored.

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2021, That's a Wrap!

Another fantastic year! Seeing the Armed Forces Community Garden in all its glory and it receiving many special visitors, taking part in national campaigns, and the start of what is set to be a very successful planting season... we've loved every moment of it! Here are some of our highlights.

17 Dec 21

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Mayor of Solihull opens Soroptimist International Centenary Wood in Dorridge Park

Solihull Council’s ‘Planting Our Future’ team has been working with a global volunteer organisation - Soroptimist International Solihull and District club - to plant a new 100-tree woodland in Dorridge Park. The woodland is part of Soroptimist International’s 100th anniversary celebrations.

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15 Dec 21

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Community Planting Day

Today we planted 5 cherry trees in Warwick Road with the help of some of the wonderful residents from the street, including their furry friend. The trees were positioned to complement existing trees in the area and will provide a beautiful pink canopy in the spring.

A big thank you to the group! It’s always fantastic to meet people who are as passionate about trees as we are!

We are now looking for locations for next planting season. If you have some land that you would like to plant up, please get in touch plantingourfuture@solihull.gov.uk

29 Nov 21

National Tree Week

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National Tree Week (27 December – 5 December) is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of tree planting season.

To kick things off, the ‘Planting Our Future’ team will be launching the refreshed ‘Shirley Tree Trail’, developed in conjunction with Solihull Tree Wardens and Friends of Shirley Park. 

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18 Nov 21

Bulb Planting to celebrate National Interfaith Week

Members of Solihull Faiths Forum decided they would like to do something within the community to celebrate National Interfaith Week, so when the opportunity came via the ’Planting Our Future’ team based in Solihull to do some bulb planting at HopeCoppice, they “jumped at it!”.

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New symbol of hope at Katherine’s Wood

18 Oct 21

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A new symbol of hope and tribute to all those affected by the pandemic has been installed at Katherine’s Wood.

The Hope Stone has been created to symbolise hope in difficult times, pay tribute to those who have suffered and give thanks to all those who helped.

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Armed Forces Community Garden has a visit from Age UK Veterans Club

30 Sep 21

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Yesterday (30 September), The Armed Forces Community Garden in Hillfield Park was visited by the Age UK Veterans Club.

The veterans entered through the archway and gathered at the circular seating area where they were greeted by the Planting Our Future team and Elaine Butler, Royal British Legion County President for Warwickshire & Birmingham, who then spoke to the group about the garden and its meaning.

The one hectare span of The Armed Forces Community Garden has been carefully designed to help veterans and the community alike to heal in a place of peace and tranquillity, with both mental and physical needs in mind. From the circular seating area with its embracing design, to the gabion basket panelled walls and seating specially designed to reduce anxiety for its users.

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Natural haven being developed in Solihull

29 Sep 21

Work is well underway to create a memorial woodland for the victims of Covid-19 on a sprawling piece of green space in Shirley.

The next phase of activity at Hope Coppice started earlier this month, with the creation of boardwalks, new pathways and a natural play area.

Originally earmarked for hundreds of home by the council, the area was struck from a list of development sites following a spirited campaign by the local community.

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Birmingham Mail

The Great Big Green Week

27 Sep 21

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On Friday 24 September, Friends of Shirley Park hosted an event in Shirley Park as part of The Great Big Green Week, an environmental initiative to showcase actions being taken to help tackle climate change.

 

One part of the event included students from Kingswood School participating in some environmental educational activities that were on offer throughout the day, the children ranging from infants to juniors (5 to 10 years). The ‘Planting Our Future’ team (with support from Love Solihull and Friends of Shirley Park) assisted the children in planting over 70 cherry tree seeds in their very own bio-degradable pots...

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Hope Coppice

1 Sep 21

Stepping beams, balance logs and boardwalks are among the works starting next month at Hope Coppice – the new woodland that is being created in remembrance of those affected by Covid-19.

Situated on land predominantly in Dickens Heath Parish between Blythe and Shirley South, Hope Coppice will be a place for people to remember and reflect on the pandemic.

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Solihull Council and Royal British Legion Armed Forces Community Garden now open to public

25 Aug 21

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Solihull Council’s Planting Our Future team, who pledged to plant 250,000 trees over the next ten years as part of its commitment to tackle climate change as well as implementing green infrastructure, in conjunction with the Royal British Legion Warwickshire and Birmingham County, have created a ‘healing garden’ for veterans, named The Armed Forces Community Garden (AFCG), which is now open for the public to enjoy.

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Love Parks Week

26 Jul 21

Keep Britain Tidy’s annual Love Parks Week is now upon us! During the week ahead, Love Parks Week calls on park visitors to Love, Respect, and Protect our parks; not only during the campaign week and summer 2021, but beyond.

Over the past year, our parks and green spaces have been a vital lifeline to many of us; seeing us through lockdowns by providing scenic backdrops for our activities, from winter walks to summer picnics - our parks have been there.

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Tree of Hope

1 Apr 20

In March 2020 the #LoveSolihull team asked the community to take part in a ‘Tree of Hope’ Campaign, with an aim to share colour, hope and love!

 

Over 200 drawings were shared on social media. These drawings have been displayed within a rainbow on Malvern Park gates and put up within the Nightingale hospital.

 

Here are some photos of some of the children next to or planting their ‘Tree of Hope’ #PlantingOurFuture #TreeofHope

Tree-mendous News

1 Jun 20

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Wood you believe it? As of July 2020 we have partnered up with the Woodland Trust Solihull Council and the Woodland Trust have agreed a long term partnership which will see the Trust providing 11,886 trees in the first year at a cost of nearly £23,000 as a contribution towards the Council's Planting Our Future project.

 

Stuart Holm, Outreach Manager for Woodland Trust, said: "We're delighted to be able to support the work of Solihull Council and its tree planting ambitions. As well as being an important tool in tackling the climate crisis, trees within urban environments provide a whole host of benefits for people and wildlife including shade provision, improvement in air quality, and habitat creation for all kinds of wildlife. We're looking forward to getting stuck in this coming winter, when trees start going in the ground."