Solihull’s tree planting project scoops another award!


‘Planting our Future’ – Solihull Council’s campaign to encourage local people to get involved in tree planting – has won the public sector prize at The Natural Environment Awards (NEA).

The NEA award scheme recognises organisations which excel in protecting, restoring and enhancing the natural environment in the West Midlands.

Solihull Council set up the Planting our Future campaign in 2020 as part of its commitment to plant 250,000 trees by 2030 through local engagement with schools, residents, businesses and community groups.

The campaign encourages residents to get involved with tree planting and green infrastructure projects and offers support to private landowners who would like to plant trees.

Coincidentally, in the same week as winning The Natural Environment Awards public sector prize, the campaign has reached a major milestone having planted 100,000 trees in four years. It also achieved Tree Cities of the World status last month.

Cllr Ian Courts, Leader of Solihull Council, said: “We set a target of 250,000 trees by 2030 as part of our efforts to tackle climate change and reach net carbon zero emissions. The new trees and hedgerows capture and store carbon as they grow and will help to reduce flooding. They also provide new habitats for thousands of species of animals and birds and help to make Solihull an even more beautiful place for residents and visitors alike.

“This award not only recognises the hard work of the Planting our Future team – who are out planting trees in all weathers - but also the 600 volunteers, sponsors and donors who have helped us with this ambitious campaign.

“Lastly, I would also like to congratulate Solihull’s conservation volunteers who were nominated for an NEA community award.

“Thank you to everyone who has been involved in both the Planting our Future campaign and our local conservation work. You are all making a difference and your efforts are greatly appreciated.

“I know so many have been thrilled to be part of this amazing project and we are always looking for others to join in and be part of it, especially landowners and businesses. Please do visit the Planting our Future webpage to find out more or get in touch with the team at”