Birmingham Trees for Life, a private-public partnership for the promotion and planting of trees, has appointed two new members to its team.

James Wheeler, chief executive and curator of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, joins as the eighth member of the committee whilst Jane Harding, founder of Jardin Design, joins the team as part-time project support officer. The project planted over 1,500 trees through organised plantings last year and hopes to build on its success with a new programme of events for the coming season. The next Plant a Tree for Life event will be held tomorrow and Friday, when corporate and individual sponsors respectively will gather to plant a community woodland at Kingfisher Country Park, Shard End.

The event coincides with the Tree Council’s National Tree Week, which runs from November 26 to December 7, heralding the start of the winter tree planting season.

Rob Blyth, chairman of Birmingham Trees for Life and chief executive of Hortons’ Estate, said: “We are delighted to welcome James and Jane, and their wealth of horticultural experience, to our team.

“Since forming in 2005, we have seen growing interest from both organisations and individuals in trees, and an understanding of the need to protect our environment. We look forward to welcoming new and existing supporters to plant a tree for life in December.”