THE Mayor of Solihull has officially opened the Soroptimist International Centenary Wood in Dorridge Park.
It comes after work between the borough council’s ‘Planting Our Future’ team and the global volunteer organisation – Soroptimist International Solihull and District club – to plant a new 100-tree woodland in Dorridge Park.
The woodland is part of Soroptimist International’s 100th anniversary celebrations.
Soroptimist International works to enrich the lives of women everywhere.
When the first Soroptimist group began in California in 1921, their first project was to protect Redwood trees from deforestation.
Now, a century later, Soroptimist International has initiated a new eco-project – ‘Planting Trees for a Brilliant Future’, which fits neatly with Solihull Council’s ‘Planting our Future’ pledge to plant 250,000 trees in the borough over the next decade.
The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ken Meeson, cut the ribbon at a ceremony attended by Solihull’s Soroptimist Club President, Margaret Lloyd and other guests.
The Mayor said: “The new wood will be a place for our local community to visit and enjoy nature in years to come. It will also symbolise the Soroptomist’s campaign of providing places of sanctuary for women threatened by violence at home.
“Solihull is known as the town in the country, and preserving our green spaces is something our borough cares deeply about.
“Our commitment to planting areas such as this around Solihull contributes to the Council’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions in the borough by 2041.”
Margaret added: “The Soroptimist International Centenary Wood in Dorridge Park is a fantastic way of marking the centenary of our wonderful, global organisation.
“We hope the wood will be a valued addition to the park for local residents. In particular, we hope women and girls will find peace and sanctuary here and look forward to a future where they can fully achieve their potential.”