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Birmingham earns Tree Cities of the World status

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) along with the Arbor Day Foundation has recognised Birmingham with Tree Cities of the World designation.

The international programme celebrates cities across all continents that meet core standards for the care and planning of urban trees and forests.

To achieve recognition as Tree Cities of the World, Birmingham met the five core standards:
– establish responsibility
– set the rules
– know what you have
– allocate the resources
– celebrate achievements.

Cllr John O’Shea, cabinet member for street scene and parks at Birmingham City Council, said:
“Within Birmingham, we know our parks and open spaces are some of our greatest assets, adding value to all aspects of daily life.

“Outside of Birmingham, our fantastic environment isn’t one of the things that people identify us with. But, by securing this status, our profile in this respect will be elevated. Whin will hopefully attract many more visitors to the city, to see what we have to offer.”

Cllr Waseem Zaffar, cabinet member for transport and environment, added:
“Our challenge with air quality in this city is well-documented. We declared a climate change emergency in June 2019 and know that poor air quality contributes to more than 1,000 premature deaths per year in Birmingham.

“There are many things that can help ensure clean air but they are all part of a bigger picture. Our trees, along with our parks and open spaces, are the city’s natural lungs and play a major role in this effort. The formal status as a ‘Tree City’ underlines the important role they play in the public health of Birmingham.”

For the full news release announcing Birmingham’s new status, visit the FAO website.


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  1. Most of the open spaces /parks are land donated or gifted by the likes of the Cadbury / Lloyd families to the rate payers of Birmingham in the previous two centuries. Some of these parks have been sold for housing projects even though deeds of gift exist and have been conveniently lost in the BCC archives we need these open spaces not more housing. The parks are poorly maintained and but for local groups would be derilict and decommissioned (Friends of Cotteridge park and The model yacht club at Valley Park Way). BCC take credit for our open spaces in fact they have done little to maintain or improve our open spaces look at the Parks Department poorly funded, no local park keepers and no toilet facilities in the parks. Birmingham may be a green city but this is down to the fore thought of previous citizens not BCC. It is time that BCC and businesses of today donated land for open spaces previously described as the lungs of the city.
    On the question of pollution walk around the city at night and smell the wood burning, what was a smoke free zone is now polluted. If you complain to BCC environmental department they say that the wood burning stoves are DEFRA approved and they don’t have the manpower to check the validity or check for the smell of burning at night. Before BCC waste money in a car free city center they need to clean up the pollution in the suburbs the bulk of rate payers live here. A ring road will create more pollution for residents as vehicles will not be allowed to cross the city and will have to travel around the suburbs. We need new thinking not hare brained publicity grabbing schemes.

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