Solihull Council teams up with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and Severn Trent for Commonwealth Forest at Hope Coppice

I joined many others, including my grandsons school pals, planting trees at Hope Coppice last week.

The headlines of the from the planting are:

  • Hope Coppice becomes first location of the Severn Trent and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Forests with 9,400 trees
  • First day of planting took place on World Wildlife Day, Thursday 3 March, with Commonwealth Games athlete Anna Hursey backing the initiative
  • Solihull Council also set to receive a Tiny Forest at the Hope Coppice site

The first trees have been planted in Solihull as part of Severn Trent’s initiative to create 2022-acres of Commonwealth Forest across the Midlands. The 15 acres of new habitat at Hope Coppice will be open to the public to explore and will equate to around 9,400 trees. 

Access via Woodloes Road, Shirley

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 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. The new green spaces feature native UK grown broadleaf species, and will increase resilience across the region against the threats of climate change and nature loss.  

(Yes, I was a tad over dressed but glad I had boots in the car)

Table tennis star, Anna Hursey, who will be representing Wales at the Commonwealth Games, attended Thursday’s Commonwealth Forest planting session at Hope Coppice. The 15-year-old holds the record for being the youngest athlete to compete in the Commonwealth Games, and has been appointed as a United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework ‘young champion’. 

The Commonwealth Forest at Hope Coppice is increasing woodland cover within South Solihull and will complement the Arden Historical landscape, as well as creating more places for people to enjoy. Trees planted at the site are consistent with current species, and areas are being retained within the new Commonwealth Forest as open ground for light recreation and future community events.

Solihull Council has committed to planting 250,000 trees in ten years as part of its Planting Our Future campaign, contributing to our overarching goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions in the borough by 2041. The new Commonwealth Forest will improve the local environment and provide new habitats for wildlife. I hope that this new woodland will become a valued and beautiful place for the enjoyment and comfort of visitors for generations to come.


4 thoughts on “Solihull Council teams up with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and Severn Trent for Commonwealth Forest at Hope Coppice

  1. Dear Councillor Hawkins

    This is a brilliant achievement. I would like to visit Hope Coppice, but have no idea where it is and cannot find it on my maps app.

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