Tree planting event, 10.30am Tuesday 15th January- Turn left off the main drive and head downhill….
Birmingham Trees for Life and pupils of St Albans RC Primary school will be joining the Friends as we make a start on replacing the 64 trees that were recently felled adjacent to Sunderton Road and Broad Lane.
Some time back, the Tree Officer had concerns for the 64 large Poplar trees that flanked the cemetery and towered over the newly built houses in Sunderton Road. His concerns were correct as when, in a large project, they were felled and showed that most of them were internally rotten and in danger of falling in high winds etc.
We were all in agreement that these trees needed to be replaced to maintain the tree stock in this beautiful Cemetery but we also agreed that more suitable trees should be found that would not shade out the properties that lie behind them but could also aid the reduction of ‘water run off’ that occurs in this area. How could we fund this project?
To the rescue came Birmingham Trees for Life. (A charity that are part of Birmingham Civic Society). They are funding the first 15 standard trees as part of what we hope will be an ongoing project.
Come along and help. Everyone welcome.
What a marvelous ‘Help for Hedgehogs’ event we had today with over 80 people visiting to listen to Ranger Jan and Wildlife Trust’s Emma as they explained how to attract, feed and help hedgehogs whilst they are preparing for hibernation.Visitors had lots to occupy them, with facts and information on how to make a Hedgehog home,and the chance to take a Hedgehog house away with them. Above you can see Ranger Jan, Mrs Tiggywinkle’s friend (Julia) and James.
Visitors could help build a ‘house’ on site (Ably assisted by one of our local Councillors!)and then enjoy a walk with the Rangers to place the Hedgehog houses in suitable positions around the cemetery. For smaller visitors there was a story time room where ‘Tales of Pricklebum’ were read by a friend of Mrs Tiggywinkle and Ranger Jan.
The Friends would like to thank BBCWT (Emma and James) the Rangers (Jan and Dean) Volunteers from AMEY and SHED and Councillor Leddy for helping to make this event such a success. Even we were surprised at the number of people who showed a genuine interest in the plight of local Hedgehogs and were determined to try and make their own gardens more hedgehog friendly. We hope to see everyone again at our February half term event so watch this page for information.
Our thanks to the National Lottery, Heritage Lottery Fund who have made this all possible. Without their Grant we couldn’t run these events!