Preparing the ground for a Commonwealth Games legacy
Ground Control supports Severn Trent with the planting of 72 Tiny Forests and 2,022 acres of Commonwealth Forest across the West Midlands, to leave a social and environmental legacy from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
- 10-acres of forest set to be created at The Bratch as part of Severn Trent initiative
- The new habitat is located at Severn Trent’s pumping station in Wombourne
- The Bratch Commonwealth Forest follows planting at sites in Solihull and Walsall
- Three Tiny Forests also planted in Pattingham, Wolverhampton and Kidderminster
The first of around 6,500 trees have been planted in Wombourne as part of Severn Trent’s initiative to create 2022-acres of Commonwealth Forest across the Midlands. The 10 acres of new habitat is located at Severn Trent’s pumping station in the village.
As Birmingham 2022’s Official Nature & Carbon Neutral Supporter, Severn Trent is delivering a series of initiatives to leave a social and environmental legacy following the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. This work includes the creation of 2,022 acres of Commonwealth Forests, as well as 72 tennis-court-sized Tiny Forests which are being created across the West Midlands.
Integral to both initiatives is Ground Control, a maintenance business and biodiversity expert committed to enhancing and improving the physical environment. The company has partnered with Severn Trent to prepare each Commonwealth Forest and Tiny Forest site for planting.
The carbon neutral company offers a wide range of services that include landscape construction, woodland creation, and grounds maintenance amongst others, and volunteers from the business joined the local community and volunteers from Severn Trent in planting trees at The Bratch on Monday and Tuesday.
Liv Garfield, CEO of Severn Trent, said:
These new green spaces feature native UK grown broadleaf species and will live on long past the games for future generations to enjoy as a space where biodiversity and nature can thrive and flourish.
Central to Birmingham 2022’s aim to make these the most sustainable Games yet, is the ambition to create a carbon neutral legacy. Focusing on a reduction first approach, the final carbon footprint will be balanced out by carbon offsets, including the Commonwealth Forest across the Midlands.
Over time, as the trees mature, they will remove and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and in doing so will offset a large part of Birmingham 2022’s projected carbon footprint. This process will be validated and verified by the UK Woodland Carbon Code – the best practice standard for UK woodland creation projects in the UK.
Jess Fidler, Head of Sustainability at Birmingham 2022 said:
Green fingers were also at the ready at three other sites. Tiny Forests were planted at St George’s CE School in Kidderminster, Little Oaks Day Nursery in Wolverhampton, and the other in the village of Pattingham in South Staffordshire, with 1,800 trees being planted in total.
Victoria Mills, teacher at St. George’s CE School, said:
Land owners interested in being part of the Commonwealth Forest can find out more here: https://www.stwater.co.uk/legacy-forests/.
Severn Trent’s Forest Delivery Team are also available to answer any questions and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org