Tree-mendous half-term fun over Birmingham and the Black Country

Thursday 13th February 2014

Children in Birmingham and the Black Country are being encouraged to come and find out more about what makes woodlands so wonderful over the half-term holidays next week.

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country are working on a number of projects funded by the Nature Improvement Area to improve woodlands. As part of this, they want children to come and get involved in learning about woodlands through games, craft activities and trails.

By thinning dense areas of young planted woodland and introducing new plant and tree species, they hope to create attractive areas for people to enjoy and for wildlife to flourish. The projects where Tremendous Trees days are happening are at Massey’s Bank in Tividale, Bilston Urban Village, Milking Bank in Dudley and Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham.

Getting people to enjoy and feel a connection with the woodlands is just as important as making them better for biodiversity, as Su James of The Wildlife Trust explains:
“We want to create special places that not only support more wildlife, but also help local people to learn about the plants and animals that are around them.

“If we can engage local schools and community groups in our projects, volunteers will be trained on how to manage woodlands and will learn about our diverse local wildlife.”

The plantations are all relatively recent, like many others across the Black Country, so need thinning to help existing trees to mature. This will also encourage the growth of native woodland flowers like bluebell, wood anemone and primrose with the help of seeds and seedlings which have been prepared for this purpose by The Wildlife Trust’s “Growing Local Flora” project.

The Tremendous Trees events are from 10:30am to 3:30pm (see www.bbcwildlife.org.uk/whats-on for the dates) and are drop-in sessions for families to come throughout the day. Adult volunteers are also needed for work days, so anyone who wants to help out can contact nia@bbcwildlife.org.uk.

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