FPM Delivers 600 Trees for National Trust


Over 600 fruit and ornamental trees, grown by FPM, have been delivered to various locations around Birmingham as part of the National Trust Blossom Together. The trees were donated by the National Trust to 171 sites along the number 11 bus route which forms a circle around the city. The project aims to create a symbolic ‘Ring of Blossom’ in recognition of the gardens and orchards that once surrounded Birmingham but were lost in recent decades due to development.

Matthew Thomas from FPM joined the ‘Blossom Bus’ which carried some of the trees to their planting destinations. ‘It’s a brilliant project to be involved with and we’re delighted to have been able to supply the trees,’ he said. ‘Birmingham is such a fantastic city and restoring some of the tree canopy is great for the environment and for the mental wellbeing of local residents.’

Trees have been planted at Blakesley Hall in Yardley and several were planted by students at Hodge Hill College. Other trees have been planted in community allotments and public parks.

Katy Wade from the National Trust worked closely with FPM to ensure the right trees were delivered to the desired locations. She explained: ‘Blossom Together in Birmingham is one of several projects falling under our National Blossom Programme which aims to raise awareness of blossom and help get more trees in cities. People can follow our progress and share their own blossom stories online using the hashtag #blossomwatch.’

Other planting projects have taken place in London, Plymouth, Nottingham and Newcastle. More are in the pipeline.

National Trust Blossom Together Project Birmingham
Students at Hodge Hill College plants fruit trees with James Carnell, Head Gardener at Wightwick Manor in Wolverhampton