Today the city council learned that it had been named as a Tree City of the World for the fourth year running.
Cllr Majid Mahmood, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “It’s great to hear we have been independently reconfirmed as a Tree City of the World for the fourth year running. This is recognition of our dedication to growing and maintaining our urban forest by working with partners to shape and deliver plans that develop our environment in a sustainable and coherent way.
“We know the benefits that trees bring for the health and wellbeing of the people of Birmingham as well as our economy - so we will continue to do everything we can to manage and enhance the city’s tree canopy because that is integral to our ambitions both as a city of nature and on our route to achieving net zero carbon emissions."
Birmingham is a 'Tree City of the World' with its million trees roughly one for every person and recently pioneered the UK's first Urban Forest Master Plan to take the city up to 2051.
With more parks than any other major European city, Birmingham first applied for 'Tree CIty of the World' status in July 2019 and the designation was first granted in February, 2020. The scheme is supported by the US-based Arbor Day Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded in Nebraska in 1972 'to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees'.
More information on the program is available via the Tree Cities of the World website.