• Community,  Events,  News

    Arbour Day was treemendous

    Arbour Day on May 31st 2008 and the launch of the first tree trail was very successful. Caroline Hutton from Martineau Gardens, at very short notice, kindly agreed to cut the ribbon and set us off.  Bob Prew told us about the Kings Heath Floral Trail and how the Tree Trail now forms part of this and also the new wildflower meadow area within the park can be seen from the floral trail route. Lots of people did the inaugural walk and Cllr Hendricks and Cllr Mullaney joined us on the walk and were able to see how we had spent the money from the Community Chest.  There was a…

  • Imagery,  Nature,  Tree Survey

    Tree survey and Conifer Workshop – successful days

      Hi All, The conifer workshop on 8th April was a great success and Martin Collins took us round Kings Heath Park and in the light of the setting sun we collected specimens of pine, fir, cypress etc – looked for cones, sniffed the leaves and became aware of how much there is to learn about conifers. Then an intensive perusal of the twigs in the lab, with cakes and drinks to hone our identification skills. Many thanks Martin, for a most enjoyable and informative session. The tree survey on 26th April covered old hedgerows in Area 1, near to the car park. We found oaks, sycamore, ash and multistemmed…

  • Tree Survey

    March 1 Tree Survey

    On Saturday we surveyed the Beech Copse in Area 4. John and Diana have counted 42 trees there and we mapped out the larger ones – mostly beech but also oak, horse chestnut and poplar. One tree had extensive graffiti carved into the bark. It looked like the incomprehensible ramblings of someones notebook in 1984. There was also a tree marked 1884. Quite a bit of tree hugging went on after Diana gave us the following information which relates to ancient trees of each species: Woodland Trust Info: An adult hug + 1.5 metres Ancient Trees: Oak-3 hugs Beech-2 Scots Pine-2 Rowan-1 Birch-1 Hawthorn-1 Cedar of Lebanon-4 Field Maple-1 Sweet…