Saturday, July 13, 2024

Trees in the Jewellery Quarter

Special display back in 2005 in St Pauls Square when we used to have special floral features.

If there is one thing that would transform the Jewellery Quarter more than anything else it is ‘Trees’.

I’m, not talking about a few dotted about here and there but ALL the main wide arterial connections becoming tree lined.

The ‘Urban Grain’ – (planning jargon!) would become instantly softened and enhanced. Property values in our little ‘Chelsea of Birmingham’ would be raised and the whole place would become much more user friendly in the most natural way.

I am not an expert on trees but I do know that with the right ones in the right places the effect would be dramatic.

In my humble opinion, this would be much better than the rather uninspiring New Look for the Golden Square outside the Big Peg by the clock tower.

I will get down from my soapbox now but just think about it the next time you are walking down any of the roads in the Jewellery Quarter. What a transformation it would be!

Ross McMillan MD
Award Winning Developer ‘The Minories’ 1st July 2011
Cedar Homes (UK) Ltd.


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I completely agree and it will indeed be a ‘sad day’ when, to make way for the Golden Square, they cut down the trees outside the Big Peg and along Vyse Street (together with the removal of HRH Prince Charles’ Visitors Kiosk) to make way for the planting of new trees. I understand that some trees are to be planted along Caroline Street and a new tree has been planted in Dayus Square, but this will not compensate for the loss of the mature trees they are to remove.

What does anyone else think? Do we care about trees and plants and the wildlife that depend on them? Let’s hear from you.


Agree entirely.

Im a new resident to the JQ and love the buzzer the place, trees would certainly make it feel like a ‘chelsea of Birmingham’


I posted this in the 2012 comments ‘Nice autumn shot by the Rose Villa tavern’ but it vanished so I found the old photo and re-posted it again! Those particular trees have since been chopped down to make way for the Golden Square

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