The Forest Partnership has established connections with public, private and charity sector organisations across the region. Through this the WMCA can share knowledge and resources to promote and improve the status of trees across our region.
The Virtual Forest is the WMCA resource for tree related information. Alongside maps tracking the planting going on across the region, you can find information on planting and caring for your trees, and details about funding sources for tree related projects.
Our tree nursery study identified the need and desire for a network of local tree growers to supply the planting needs of the region. Developing this network could provide the species, age and mixes of species required by the region. The local approach is also intended to provide local green jobs. The WMCA Forest team are investigating funding options ahead of taking the scheme forward.
If you’re interested in developing a nursery, or expanding an existing tree or plant nursery, please contact WMVirtualForest@wmca.org.uk
An i-Tree Eco survey of the seven metropolitan areas of the WMCA has been undertaken. The black country survey was undertaken in 2022; with the Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry survey completed in 2023. These surveys provide key information around the structure of the urban trees (species, age, size etc.); but also the ecosystem services values – how much carbon they store, pollutants they intercept, or impacts on flood reduction.
The Black Country reports are available now (both for individual authorities and an overall report) and can be found here. The remaining reports will be available from January 2024.
Can I host a tree giveaway?
If you have a community event that falls within tree planting season (November - March) that you would like to have use attend with a tree giveaway, please complete this form and we shall get back to you.
How else can I get involved?
Please take a look at the Virtual Forest’s funding and guidance pages for options for your project. Many of our partners and stakeholders also undertake tree planting events at which you, your group or corporation can volunteer at. Details of these can be found on their websites. For instance, consider:
Birmingham TreePeople – organise many tree planting events across the city and always welcome volunteers who wish to support them locally.
Woodlands Trust - provide free community tree packs for schools and community groups. Click the link to apply for a community tree pack.