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A dazzling ‘ring of blossom’ is set to transform England’s second city

Birmingham is about to get a whole lot prettier

Written by Grace Dawes

If you spotted a bus-full of saplings riding around in Birmingham this week and had to take a second glance, don’t worry: you saw that right. The no. 11 bus dropped off 600 blossom trees on Tuesday, ready for volunteers from the local community to plant just in time for spring.

The trees were donated by The National Trust so that they can be planted along the bus route, which loops around the city. It is part of the organisation’s latest effort to boost biodiversity across the UK. Fruit trees have already been planted in other cities including Plymouth, Nottingham and Newcastle

The project aims to recreate an iconic ring of fruit trees that used to encircle Birmingham in the mid-eighteenth century – when it was known was as ‘the town ringed by blossom’ – but were mostly cut down during the industrial revolution. It’s set to be a pretty dazzling sight, that’s for sure.
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