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 work with all sections of the community to deliver the many benefits of trees and woodlands. In doing this, we develop, apply and promote best practice.
We are an independent charitable company limited by guarantee, company number: 6252763, charity number: 1122314. We are entirely funded through sponsorship, membership of the Friend’s Scheme, grants, fees and donations.
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
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.
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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.
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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.
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Extended Team: Associates
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 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 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.
Other Members of the Extended Team:
Evie Windle – Forest School leader and training assistant
Scott Burnett – volunteer
Find out about Forest School training and the extended team.
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.