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Help plant trees and created Commonweath legacy forest in Solihull

Sarah Mason 23rd Feb, 2022

GREEN-FINGERED residents are being invited to help plant trees in Solihull as part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games legacy forest.

Hope Coppice has been named by Severn Trent to be the first site for its initiative to create 2,022 acres woodland.

Planting of the 9,400 trees will take place on March 3 and 4.

The 15 acres of new habitat will be open for residents to explore.

As Birmingham 2022’s Official Nature and Carbon Neutral Supporter, Severn Trent is delivering a series of initiatives to leave a legacy following Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The legacy forest will increase woodland cover within South Solihull as will benefit existing public rights of way.

The woodland will also compliment the Arden Historical landscape and trees planted will be consistent with species currently present.

Within the woodland there will be areas retained as open ground for light recreation and future community events on site.

Councillor Ian Courts, leader of Solihull Council, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and Severn Trent to plant the first Legacy Forest and receive a Tiny Forest too.

“Solihull Council has committed to planting 250,000 trees in ten years as part of its Planting Our Future campaign.

“This is key to our overarching goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions in the borough by 2041.

“We are always looking for partnerships which can provide further opportunities to plant trees and the new Legacy Forest will improve the local environment, creating a beautiful and lasting legacy for generations to come.

“It will also provide new habitats for wildlife, absorb huge quantities of carbon and help to combat climate change.”

This work includes the creation of 2,022 acres of legacy forests, as well as 72 tennis-court-sized Tiny Forests which are being created across the West Midlands.

Each featuring native UK grown broadleaf species, the sites will leave a positive social and environmental legacy, and in doing so, will increase resilience across the region against the threats of climate change and nature loss.

For more or to get involved with planting click here.

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