About us

Why are we Passionate about Trees?

Trees make a huge contribution to our daily lives, where we choose to be and how we feel. They are often taken for granted, but their absence or loss is strongly felt.

The Forest of Avon Trust’s ethos is to deliver the huge benefits of trees & woodlands to as many people as possible.

The Directors and staff team of the Forest of Avon Trust are passionate about what we do, business- like in our approach and proud of our projects. The Trust is an independent charitable company limited by guarantee, company number: 6252763, charity number: 1122314.

Established in 2008 the charity is entirely funded through sponsorship, donations, the Friend’s scheme, grants, fees and legacies. Starting with £3,000, we aim to achieve at least £1,000,000 investment by 2019.

Some Benefits of Trees & Woodlands:

  • Supporting learning: children benefit significantly from outdoor learning and learning about the outdoors
  • Building confidence & improving quality of life: activities outdoors promote mental and physical health
  • Increasing patient recovery times: less time is spent in wards with views of trees
  • Reducing asthma: by filtering air borne pollution
  • Contributing to safer communities: flats associated with trees have less crime and people feel safer
  • Providing a legacy across the generations: local tree planting brings communities together and the results last hundreds of years
  • Cut energy use: this can be 10% lower in buildings sheltered by trees
  • Reducing flash flooding: tree reduce disturbance and damage after heavy rain
  • They’re carbon neutral: if local trees are used for wood fuel or construction
  • Supporting the local economy: people prefer, stay longer and more frequently visit shopping areas with trees
  • Contributing to a high quality environments: people pay more (3-7%) to live on tree-lined streets
  • Supporting inward investment: quality of life is a factor in the relocation of 57% of business executives
  • Creating robust woodland havens: for wildlife and people in the long-term
  • Increasing diversity & resilience in landscapes on the edge of towns and cities.

Who we Are

Jon Clark – Executive Director

A Chartered Landscape Architect and Planner, Jon Clark has worked at a senior level in community forestry for 25 years. Jon manages the charity and provides woodland and other consultancy services.

T: (0117) 963 3383, M: (07948) 994 237

E: jonclark@forestofavontrust.org

Phoebe FentonPhoebe Fenton – Charity Support Officer

Phoebe provides financial and administrative support and helps manage our training programme. She is experienced in office management and has a worked for charities including WWF as well as one the UK’s first specialist environmental consultancies.

T: (0117) 963 3383

E: admin@forestofavontrust.org

Anna Brunton – Community Trees & Woodlands Officer

Anna has worked in conservation since leaving college in 1994 and in woodland management in 2003.  She has worked as a woodland contractor in Kent and in the South West and as a reserve warden for the RSPB.

T: (0117) 963 3383

E: woodlands@forestofavontrust.org



Jon Attwood

Jon Attwood – Schools Training Lead

Jon Attwood has lead outdoor learning and conservation groups for more than 15 years and has been a Forest School leader for over 10 years.

T: (07889) 279418

E: jonattwood@forestofavontrust.org


Nicola Ramsden

Nicola Ramsden – Forest School/woodland activity leader

Nicola was a a biologist and botanist before training to be a Forest School leader. She also works as an OT technician in mental health services where she leads nature walks and  sensory activities.

Rachel TomlinsonRachel Tomlinson – Forest School/woodland activity leader

As well as leading Forest School sessions, Rachel works on the Natural Connections project for schools. She also works as a copy writer/website producer for local charities and the BBC Natural History Unit.


Rachel and Nicola specialise in working with adults with learning difficulties, people using mental health services and carers.

Jackie RobyJackie Roby – Associate Forest School Trainer / Schools Support

Jackie is a qualified teacher and Forest School leader. She has developed and taught curriculum-linked sessions for schools and youth groups as well as running her own Forest School projects.

 Trust Directors

Keith Betton (Chairman), Chris Bloor (Access Director); Keith Bonham MBE DL, Nigel Howe, Rt. Hon. The Earl of Ducie, Rachel Tonkin, Professor William Scott FRSA, Dr John Vanderplank, Peter Wise FRGS FCIM, (PR Director).

Patron: Mike Dilger

Mike Dilger is a naturalist, presenter and writer.





Patron: Professor Alice Roberts

Professor Alice Roberts is an anatomist, writer and broadcaster.