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 in Bristol & Avon.

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: they

  • Support learning: children benefit significantly from outdoor learning and learning about the outdoors
  • Build confidence & improve quality of life: activities outdoors promote mental and physical health
  • Speed patient recovery times: less time is spent in wards with views of trees
  • Reduce asthma: by filtering air borne pollution
  • 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
  • Cut energy use: this can be 10% lower in buildings sheltered by trees
  • Reduce flash flooding: tree reduce disturbance and damage after heavy rain
  • Are carbon neutral: if local trees are used for wood fuel or construction
  • Support the local economy: people prefer, stay longer and more frequently visit shopping areas with trees
  • Contribute to high quality environments: people pay more (3-7%) to live on tree-lined streets
  • Support inward investment: quality of life is a factor in the relocation of 57% of business executives
  • Provide diverse, sustainable, necessary and attractive products
  • Can cut transport miles by being located close to markets 
  • Create robust woodland havens: for wildlife and people in the long-term
  • Increase 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

Associates

Jon Attwood- Forest School Level 1 Training & Schools Lead

Jon led outdoor learning and conservation groups for 15 years, has been a Forest School leader for over 10 years and ran our training programme and Natural Connections projects over the last 5 years. Jon now leads on our Level 1 training, school Inset day provision and wider educational work.

T: (07889) 279418

E: jonattwood@forestofavontrust.org

 Nicola Ramsden- Woodland Activities Leader

Nicola was a a biologist and botanist before training to be a Forest School leader. She works as an OT technician in mental health services where she leads nature walks and  sensory activities. Nicola works with Rachel Tomlinson to deliver our woodland activities for adults with learning disabilities, people with mental health needs and people with dementia.

Rachel Tomlinson- Woodland Activities Leader

Rachel is an experienced website copywriter/ producer and has worked with us for 5 years delivering training, supporting the Natural Connections project and running woodland activities. Rachel works with Nicola Ramsden to deliver our activities for adults with learning disabilities, people with mental health needs and people with dementia.

Jackie Roby- Forest School Level 3 Trainer

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.

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