Press release from the City of Wolverhampton Council, dated 29 November 2021
Wolverhampton has become home to a second Tiny Forest to help local communities connect with nature and protect their environment for the future.
The forest at Moseley Road Open Space in Bilston has been planted thanks to a partnership between City of Wolverhampton Council, Earthwatch Europe, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) Green Recovery Challenge Fund and MINI Electric.
Planting got underway on Monday (29 NOV) with trees dug in by pupils from Moseley Park, city councillors, members of the local community and MINI UK staff.
The Tiny Forest, made up of 600 densely planted native trees covering a space the size of a tennis court, will offer a place for school pupils and the wider community to explore and learn in the local area.
It is the second Tiny Forest in Wolverhampton, after the city become the first in the Black Country to launch a similar scheme at Oak Street Open Space in Merridale this March.
The planting will also form part of the national Queen’s Green Canopy scheme, a UK-wide tree planting initiative to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee which takes place next year.
The initiative at Moseley Road Open Space is led by Earthwatch Europe, and funded by Defra under its Green Recovery Challenge Fund which supports projects aimed at restoring nature and tackling climate change. After planting, community activity and research at the forest will continue to be supported by MINI Electric.
Earthwatch is pioneering Tiny Forests across the country, connecting schools and communities with nature. The environmental charity will work with local residents and school pupils to monitor the forest and collect data on carbon absorption, flood mitigation, thermal comfort and biodiversity, as well as assessing the social and wellbeing benefits.
Bilston’s Tiny Forest supports City of Wolverhampton Council’s Tree and Woodland Strategy and Open Space Strategy, as well as forming part of the response to its Climate Emergency declaration made in July 2019.