How to Become a Tree City
Talks to establish Birmingham as the UK's first international 'Tree City' have begun.
The Tree Cities of the World Network is overseen by the US Arbor Day Foundations and aims to promote urban forestation.
In order to qualify for the 'Tree City' title, a city must:
- Delegate overall responsibility for the care of trees to a Tree Board;
- Have a policy governing the management of forests and trees, setting standards for tree care and penalties for noncompliance;
- Have an up-to-date inventory or assessment of tree resources to inform a long-term plan for planting, care, and removal of trees;
- Have a dedicated annual budget to implement its tree management plan;
- Hold an annual celebration of trees to raise awareness among residents and to acknowledge citizens and staff who carry out the city tree programme.
Birmingham has an overall 18.6% canopy cover, 5.6% more than the national average.
Cllr John O’Shea, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Parks, said: "Becoming a world Tree City would raise our green profile and hopefully attract many more visitors to our great city, to see what we have to offer."
He added: "Following the review of our tree policies in early 2018, linked to a developing tree and woodland strategy, we feel we meet the required standards and are confident that the status is within our reach."
Tatton Park Winners
Kristian Reay has won Best RHS Young Designer and a Gold Medal at the RHS Tatton Flower Show.
Kristian in his garden
His garden, the Phytosanctuary, highlights the problem of Xylella and the threat it poses to many of our much-loved plants.
Speaking ahead of the competition, Kristian said: "As a Young Designer I’m deeply concerned about the risk from plant diseases like Xylella to our gardens and landscapes, so I think this is a really important topic to discuss at the show.
"I've included at-risk garden favourites like lavender in the planting to highlight the impact the disease could have if these plants were to vanish."
Art and Nature of a Port Garden
Meanwhile, the Best Back To Back Garden award went to the 'Art and Nature of a Port Sunlight Garden', designed by Liam English. The formal garden was inspired by the unique gardens of the historic Port Sunlight Village in Merseyside. It is centred around a seating area, on which visitors can enjoy the scent of climbing roses.
The Best Construction Award went to the 'Let's Go Fly a Kite' garden, built by Base Squared Ltd. The garden, which was designed by Jane Bingham and Penny Hearn, celebrates the Children Today Trust's 25th anniversary.
Let's Go Fly a Kite Garden
The charity raises funds to provide specialist equipment for children with disabilities. The garden's main key themes are hope and possibility and when viewed from above, the garden reveals the shape of a kite - the Trust's motif.