About us

We are a Bristol- based charity which is passionate about trees and woodlands and the difference they make to peoples’ lives.  

Working across the Avon area, our objectives are to:

  • Promote tree planting in gardens, streets, green spaces, or as woodlands;
  • Engage all sections of the community in local woodlands and green spaces;
  • Inspire this and the next generation about the benefits of outdoor learning;
  • Support owners in managing and improving existing trees and woodlands;
  • Promote strategic woodland creation and wider Community Forest principles.

What we do

Watch naturalist and One Show presenter Mike Dilger interview Executive Director Jon Clark about the Trust’s work:

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The Charity

We are an independent charity, funded through sponsorship, membership of the Friend’s Scheme, grants, fees and donations. The Forest of Avon Trust is a company limited by guarantee, company number: 6252763, charity number: 1122314.

Staff Team

Jon Clark- Executive Director

A Chartered Landscape Architect and Planner, Jon has worked in community forestry for over 25 years.

T: (0117) 963 3383, M: (07948) 994 237                                           E: jonclark@forestofavontrust.org

Jon Attwood- Training Manager

T: (0117) 963 3383, M: (07889) 279418, E: jonattwood@forestofavontrust.org

Helen Humphries, Admin & Support Officer

T: (0117) 963 3383, E: helenhumphries@forestofavontrust.org

Extended Team

Nicola Ramsden

Rachel Tomlinson

Evie Windle

Scott Burnett

Find out about Forest School training and the extended team.

Trust Directors

Keith Betton (Chairman), Keith Bonham MBE DL, Nigel Howe, Rt. Hon. The Earl of Ducie, Professor William Scott FRSA, Dr John Vanderplank, Peter Wise FRGS FCIM.

Patron: Mike Dilger, Naturalist, Presenter & Writer



Patron: Professor Alice Roberts, Anatomist, Writer & Broadcaster





Why Trees?

Trees are a fundamental part of our daily lives and positively contribute to where we choose to be and how we feel. They are often taken for granted, but their absence or loss is strongly felt.


  • Cut energy use: this can be 10% lower in buildings sheltered by trees
  • Reduce flash flooding: reducing disturbance and damage after heavy rain
  • Are carbon neutral: if local trees are used for wood fuel or construction
  • Speed patient recovery: less time is spent in wards with views of trees
  • Reduce asthma: they filter out air borne pollution
  • Contribute to a high quality of life: people pay 3-7% more to live on tree-lined streets
  • Support the local economy: people prefer, stay longer and more frequently visit, shopping areas with trees
  • Support inward investment: quality of life is a factor in the relocation of 57% of business executives
  • Contribute to safer communities: flats associated with trees have less crime and people feel safer
  • Provide a legacy across the generations: local tree planting brings communities together and the results last hundreds of years
  • Create robust woodland havens: for wildlife and people in the long-term. They also increase the diversity of our local landscape

We believe that this adds up to make a compelling case for maintaining, managing and protecting trees and woodland. To help us maximise these benefits, please join us as a Friend: Friends Scheme Application (pdf)