All aboard the Blossom Bus

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Annabel Truman (left) and Melissa Volante (right) of National Express West Midlands, with James Carnell and Lucy Reid of the National Trust. SHAUN FELLOWS/NATIONAL TRUST

The National Trust recently spent a week planting blossom trees in Birmingham, delivering young fruit trees on National Express West Midlands’ number 11 bus route. Thanks to funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the National Trust gave away more than 600 blossoming trees to create a symbolic ring of blossom around the city. Working closely with the operator, the conservation charity jumped aboard a specially branded ‘Blossom Bus’ to deliver a mixture of apple, pear, plum, and ornamental cherry trees to residents, community groups, and schools along the 27-mile route 11, which serves over 260 stops on its journey through the city.


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