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72 Tiny Forests to be planted across the West Midlands

The Commonwealth Games will turn parts of Birmingham into a forest wonderlands by 2022 in an eco-friendly partnership with Severn Trent.

The ambitious project will see 72 Tiny Forests will be planted across Birmingham and the wider region.

The idea sprouted from Birmingham 2022 and water company Severn Trent in an attempt to deliver history’s first ever carbon neutral Commonwealth Games.

Read more: Eight things Birmingham is doing to tackle climate change and save the planet

As a result, 72 tennis-court-sized Tiny Forests will be created in urban areas across the West Midlands. The project is hoped to raise awareness of climate change and nature loss, particularly following Glasgow’s COP26 event.

Each forest will hold 600 native trees.

Going global, inside a Tiny Forest in Zaandam, The Netherlands

Early applicants include Erdington Rugby Club, Saltley Academy and Bloxwich Community Orchard Group. Further sites in Bloxwich, Wednesbury, Darlaston, Willenhall and Walsall have applied.

However if you are interested in building your own mini woodland, schools and community groups in the West Midlands have until November 26 to express interest.

Local communities can also help environmental charity Earthwatch Europe collect data and monitor the positive effects of the mini forests on the area.

They will also analyse carbon absorption, flood management and community well being.

72 Tiny Forests to be planted across the West Midlands
Glasgow Green Tiny Forest planting day in October

School children will also gain an education through hands-on workshops as the forests will essentially be an outdoor classroom.

Tim Cleary, Parks and Countryside Operations Manager at Walsall Council, said: ““We are really excited about this opportunity and that we have been able to find so many suitable sites across the Walsall area, this will bring new green spaces into our communities and help to enhance some existing sites too.

“Tree planting is set to commence before the end of 2021, subject to planning, and more locations will be confirmed around Birmingham and the Midlands in the weeks and months ahead.”

Apply for your own Tiny Forest here by November 26.

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