Our recent work

Over the last 3 months the work of the Forest of Avon has included:

  • Delivering the first phase of our 2017 accredited training programme, also working with the Forestry Commission at Westonbirt to run two Outdoor First Aid courses for their staff in May;
  • Running the Woodland Skills project for adults with learning disabilities at Splatt’s Abbey Wood. Attended by 13 adults, activities included: coppicing, dead-hedging, putting up bird-boxes, laying bark chippings on muddy paths and making bird feeders. The feedback from those attending and the local Friends group has been very positive. Bristol College staff emphasised how much calmer students were compared to in classroom. Thanks to the Quartet Community Foundation for the funding. Woodland Skills is part of our wider Woodland Wellbeing programme;
  • Promoting free tree packs to 74 primary schools in Bristol and Avon for the Woodland Trust. So far, 21 schools have taken up the packs;
  • Reviewing tree planting opportunities in primary school grounds in Bristol, Avon and Swindon for the Defra funded school planting scheme. So far, 11 schools have been visited and 850 trees planted;
  • Completing the final phase of the Colliter’s Wood planting, with 1,000 trees planted with 25 OVO and UWE volunteers linked to OVO’s I Dig Trees project;
  • Planting school orchards at St. Stephen’s Junior and Park Primary Schools in Kingswood, making 12 this winter/ spring;
  • Working with the Friends of Page Park and South Gloucestershire Council to fund 33 feature trees in this important park in Staple Hill and planting others in Felicity Park in Warmley;
  • Delivering the Woodland Skills project funded by the OVO Foundation. Recent activities have included the planting at Colliter’s Wood and training days at Manor Woods (Malago Valley), Stockwood and Ridge Wood (Yate). A big thank you to the 3 UWE volunteers who helped with these;
  • Laying half of the roadside hedgerow at The Retreat community woodland, funded by a Lottery Awards for All grant; and
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