Happy New Year – we wish you all a happy and healthy 2023


The 2022/23 tree planting season is now well under way and we are set to plant another 25,000 trees by the end of March 2023 with support from the community, landowners and local businesses. At the end of last year, we were presented with two awards, which was very welcome news. Looking ahead, we are looking to plant new beginnings with hedgerows habitats in schools.

Planting Our Future scoops two awards

Planting Our Future was recognised at The Green Apple Environment Awards on 21 November. This was a carbon-neutral ceremony held outside The Houses of Parliament.

The awards aim to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice internationally each year, so the team were thrilled to pick up such a prestigious award. To read the full article click here


Local businesses help to green their communities

Street trees are at the heart of our community and have the power to transform our neighbourhoods. Not only are they needed to help combat climate change, but they also bring so many more amazing benefits that can be enjoyed immediately. They have a positive effect on our mental and physical health, reduce air pollution, offer protection from flooding, create areas of shade and provide a unique haven for urban wildlife.

Our street tree sponsorship allows businesses to sponsor the planting of new, semi-mature trees in urban areas. 608 Vets thought it would be a tree-mendous idea to celebrate 90 years of veterinary care in Solihull by sponsoring nine trees to mark each decade of its service to the local community.

Roshni Hothi, lead clinical director at 608 Vets, said the trees were planted in the area around the popular veterinary practice to provide a long-lasting, eco-friendly feature for both the 608 staff and local people to enjoy in the years ahead.

Roshni said: “We all thought this was a tremendous way to celebrate our 90th anniversary especially as it’s something that benefits the community we serve.”




Esther Broomhall & Partners decided they wanted to branch out and make a difference in the community and reduce their impact on the planet by sponsoring 15 trees.


Esther commented: “We want to be an integral part of our local community and loving where we live is an essential part of our business model.

“We understand how important it is to protect the future for the next generation and we all need to make a difference to our planet to prevent global warming, ensure we protect natural habitats so nature can thrive and help reduce our carbon footprint.

“Supporting this local initiative means we are giving something back and making a positive impact in our community.”


Celebration Trees, a gift that keeps on growing

For the 2023/24 planting season we are offering residents and non-residents the opportunity to sponsor a celebration tree at Hope Coppice.  Sponsoring a tree is the perfect way to mark a special occasion or to remember a loved one. You could even plant a tree for yourself, simply to help the environment.

Giving a gift that keeps on growing will help to create woodland habitats that will benefit people and wildlife for years to come. Whatever the reason, from gifting a tree to a new-born, celebrating an anniversary to remembering a loved one, sponsoring a celebration tree is a great way to help plant more trees in Solihull.  Find out more on our webpage.


Hedgerow Habitats for schools

Hedgerows are amazing, not only are they beautiful, with their ever-changing seasonal colours, but they also provide homes and corridors for wildlife. Like trees, hedgerows lock up tremendous amounts of carbon dioxide and store it in their roots and leaves and in the soil. In urban areas, they help capture air pollution and lower temperatures.

Planting Our Future would like to support schools that are looking to grow hedgerows around their boundary. This will make a long-lasting beneficial contribution by screening airborne pollution and providing better air quality. Find out more on our webpage.

To find out how you can be involved in any of these initiatives or to keep up to date with all our planting activities take a look at Planting Our Future via Website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram

Last but not least. Did you know?

Over 60 different native trees can be found in the UK.

The most common species include the beech, English oak, London plane, silver birch, hawthorn and hazel. Many of these trees are also found in our hedgerows but are just managed a little differently. Due to its cultural and historical significance, the English oak is the national tree of England. #PlantingOurFuture

For more information about Council services, please see our website.


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