European beech (Fagus sylvatica)

European beech (Fagus sylvatica). Credit: Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org

Location:
Kingfisher Country Park, Birmingham, England

Key Activities:

  • Planting 200 trees across an acre of a city park
  • Enhancing outdoor recreation space
  • Improving wildlife habitat

Project Description:
Alongside Friends of Kingfisher Country Park, Alcoa Foundation and American Forests are planting 200 trees in Birmingham’s Kingfisher Country Park to enhance the environment of this popular local recreation area for the benefit of wildlife and human visitors alike.

Why This Project:
This project is converting an area of grassland in Kingfisher Country Park into woodland habitat for the benefit of the many animal species that make their home in the park. The park is currently home to only two major sections of woodland, making this project’s focus to increase the park’s forest cover. Working with local students and other volunteers, these plantings are helping increase the age diversity of tree species within the park. As the woodland area matures, park officials and volunteers also plan to use the forest as an educational resource for schools.

Why Kingfisher Country Park:
Located alongside 1,000 acres of the River Cole, wildlife and humans converge upon Kingfisher Country Park. A popular site for a variety of recreational activities, ranging from soccer, rugby and fishing to dog walking, hiking and cycling, Kingfisher is also home to a variety of wildlife species, including breeding populations of kestrel, skylark and its namesake, the kingfisher. In addition, the Cole Valley is also home to a variety of rare plant species, including great burnet, meadow rue, water chickweed and dark mullein.

This project and another 2013 Partnership for Trees Program project mark our first restoration efforts in England. Interested in other forest reforestation projects in which we’ve been involved? Check out our Global ReLeaf page.