What we do
Watch naturalist and One Show presenter Mike Dilger interview Executive Director Jon Clark about the Trust’s work:
- Get trees planted in gardens, streets, green spaces or as woodlands, focusing on areas of low tree cover
- Run activities to engage the whole community in local woodlands and green spaces
- Provide training for communities and individuals to help them plant and manage trees
- Deliver Forest School and related training for school staff to inspire and involve the next generation
- Give advice to help improve woodland management and safeguard woodlands under threat
- Lease and acquire local woodlands and promote access
- Campaign for and deliver strategic woodland creation, in support of Forest of Avon Community Forest principles
In our first three years our work included:
- Delivering 22 mini-orchards to schools, funded by local businesses
- Donating 5,000 locally grown, native trees/shrubs to schools and communities
- Providing advice and support to 25 groups to enable them to plant trees
- Delivering environmental awareness/play activities for 15 schools
- Delivering tailored woodland activities for 100 adults with learning disabilities
- Advising 18 landowners on woodland management and Forestry Commission grants
- Taking on the lease of The Retreat community woodland
With your support we can do much more.
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.
Jon Clark- Executive Director
T: (0117) 963 3383, M: (07948) 994237, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Attwood- Training Manager
T: (0117) 963 3383, M: (07889) 279418, E: email@example.com
Bea Oliver- Natural Connections Support Worker & Natural Learning Trainee (0117) 963 3383, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jen Green- Trees & Woodlands Project Officer (0117) 963 3383, email@example.com
Find out about Forest School training and the extended team.
Mike Dilger, naturalist, presenter and writer.
Professor Alice Roberts, anatomist, writer and broadcaster.
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.
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)
Forest of Avon Community Forest
Over the last 15 years over a million trees were planted within 12 miles of Bristol, as part of the Forest of Avon Community Forest. This far-sighted work created many accessible woodlands for people to enjoy. These woodlands also make an important contribution to local biodiversity, landscape and attractiveness to investors. Longer-established woodlands deliver critical environmental services, such as pollution control and water management.
The Forest of Avon Trust was established in 2008. We will keep the principles and practice of the Forest of Avon Community Forest going for many years to come and are proud to be part of the National Programme of Community Forests.
The Garden Forest
The Garden Forest is the Trust’s unique scheme to raise awareness about the benefits of shrubs and trees; mobilising and supporting community action; and getting trees planted in gardens complementing the great work being undertaken in our streets and green spaces.
The scheme is simple: we work with a local group to provide guidance to residents on shrubs and trees, including fruit trees, which can be planted in gardens; we the take tree orders and arrange a local collection point. We provide a free maintenance guide and a window sticker with each shrub or tree.
We can also provide free advice on fruit tree pollination and root- stocks, where people want to plant a ‘Street Orchard’.
In areas of low- tree cover we can provide bare- rooted shrubs/ trees for free. Elsewhere, shrubs/ trees are sold at discounted prices, or we work with the local groups to apply for grants/ raise funding.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. So far we have worked in Avonmouth, Bishopston, Cadbury Heath, Haydon (Radstock), Knowle West, Montpelier, Shirehampton and Yate.