Mar 16

Moseley in Bloom Launch 2011 Campaign with Farmers Market & Tree Planting

Moseley in Bloom will be celebrating the launch of the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign on Saturday 26th March with their first Farmers Market of the year and then planting over 300 tree saplings on Sunday 27th March from 11.00am.

Volunteers will be  rolling up their sleeves to be part of a tree planting movement to double native trees and woods in the UK. This year more than 300 tree saplings will be planted by Moseley in Bloom volunteers at Moseley Millennium Wood in Cannon Hill Park – supplementing the planting that was originally carried out in 2000 with another 120 tree saplings in other sites in and around Moseley.

The RHS Britain in Bloom has teamed up with the Woodland Trust to give away up to 200,000 free tree saplings to RHS Britain in Bloom 2011 Finalists – including Moseley in Bloom. Both the RHS and the Woodland Trust are supporting the United Nation’s 2011 International Year of Forests to raise awareness of conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and recognise the benefits trees bring to our wildlife and communities.

Back in 2005 a tornado struck Kings Heath, Moseley and Balsall Heath wreaking destruction and uprooting many old street trees. Moseley in Bloom then recently formed a mission to replace the many street trees that were destroyed – planting over 157 street trees to date.

Moseley in Bloom volunteers of all ages will be planting hazel, hawthorn, birch, rowan, cherry and dogwood saplings to give year round colour at Moseley Millennium Wood, Cannon Hill Park (near Holders Lane) between 11am-1pm on Sunday 27th March. Moseley in Bloom is inviting anyone to come along and take part. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Moseley in Bloom on 07588 868 533 or email info@moseleyinbloom.org.uk.

RHS Britain in Bloom showcases the very best in community horticulture and attracts thousands of entrants each year. A total of 77 cities, towns, villages and urban communities from across the UK have made it through to the 2011 finals – including Moseley in Bloom who will wait with baited breath until the September awards ceremony in St. Andrews to see how they have fared.

Adam Styler, Moseley in Bloom Volunteer Coordinator, said, “Since the tornado destruction in 2005, Moseley in Bloom have embarked on a tree planting initiative to replace those that were lost. This helps to build upon that campaign. This is a great opportunity for our community to be part of a national event helping to develop the Moseley Millennium Woodland planting that started here in November 2000. Not only are we helping to double the amount of woodland in the UK – making it a more pleasant place for us to live, but we will also be making a significant improvement for the local wildlife that is struggling to survive in our ever growing city.”

Stephanie Eynon, Community Horticulture Manager, RHS, said, “RHS Britain in Bloom and RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood enables people to join together to improve their local communities and restore civic pride through long-term, sustainable projects which are also beneficial for wildlife. We are delighted to be partnering with the Woodland Trust in order to focus this year’s launch on trees.”