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Children planting the seeds of change for our environment in the West Midlands

todayOctober 22, 2021

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Pupils from an inner-city primary school have planted the first of 1,000 trees set to be placed along the Sprint bus route.

 

The children from Anglesey Primary School in Lozells picked up their spades and helped put ten trees, of various types, including cherry and walnut trees, in nearby George’s Park.

 

Cross city bus services linking the A34 and A45 are due to start running between Walsall, Birmingham and Birmingham airport from next spring.

 

These first ten trees will be followed by a further set of fruit trees due to be planted in the same area to form a small orchard.

 

Joining the school children for the planting was Cllr Waseem Zaffar, who represents Lozells ward and is Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for transport and environment.

He said: “It was fantastic to join the children for the tree-planting – this is their local park, and they will be able to enjoy the orchard and the wildlife it attracts for many years to come.”

 

Work on new shelters and bus lanes meant that 22 trees lining the route were removed earlier this year.

 

Transport for West Midlands bosses made a commitment that Sprint will leave a positive impact on the environment and, as well as running zero-emission buses and providing an efficient alternative to private cars, a total of 1,000 new trees will be planted in parks and open spaces along the route.

 

The trees will also be registered on the West Midlands virtual forest website tree planting campaign to improve our environment and air quality. 

 

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street added: “So we are planting 1,000 trees near to the A34 and A45, which will become part of our virtual forest and leave a lasting green legacy. It is also an essential reminder of our local response to the climate challenge at this time when the world is coming together for COP26.

 

“And of course Sprint is just one part of our wider investment in public transport, which includes reopening rail stations and lines, expanding our metro tram network, developing cycle routes, and better bus services – all to offer people better connections and provide more convenient alternatives to the car as we look to cut air pollution.”

 

Written by: David Watkins

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