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Tiny forest takes root in Weoley Hill parkway

Hundreds of trees have been planted in Weoley Hill parkway to create a tiny forest that will be a haven for wildlife.

Pupils from Northfield Manor Primary, members of Weoley Hill Bowling Club and the local community worked together to plant 600 trees on Friday 1st April and learn how the trees will benefit the local community for years to come. 

Severn Trent, the Official Nature and Carbon Neutral Supporter of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, provided the trees and expertise on the day.

The trees, made up of a variety of different species, have been planted in the parkway just off Bristol Road South and selected based on the species suitable for the soil, nearby trees and what local woodlands already consist of.

An existing wildflower meadow in the parkway has been retained and all the trees have been planted in a way that ensures the park remains accessible for visitors and dog walkers.

Tracey Rowe, Head of Estates and Stewardship at Bournville Village Trust, said: “We are committed to creating and maintaining environmentally sustainable places so we’re really pleased to have worked with Severn Trent to create our very own tiny forest on the Bournville Village Trust Estate. 

“Weoley Hill parkway is an ideal site to plant the forest as there’s plenty of space and we know it will be excellent for local wildlife and biodiversity too. We really hope that the tiny forest in the parkway will be the first of many across the Estate.

“We have had overwhelming support for the project so far and it was wonderful to welcome local school children, members of Weoley Hill Bowling Club and the local community to the planting day.”

Lawn bowls is one of the core sports on the Commonwealth Games programme and Weoley Hill Bowling Club is one of the area’s oldest bowling clubs, originally opened by George Cadbury Junior in 1928. 

The Club says that the reason it’s been going for so long is down to the dedication of the Club’s committee and the support of every member

Through the winter, when the Club can’t play, they bring members together through social events. They run an A and B team in the South and West Birmingham over 60’s league.

For more information about the Weoley Hill Bowling Cllub, go to www.weoleyhillbowlsclub.com

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