About us

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

Working 30 miles around Bristol, 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;
  • Provide a local mechanism through which business can mitigate its impacts.

What we do

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

Click here to play the video

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 Clark has worked at a senior level in community forestry for 25 years. Jon manages the charity and provides a range of consultancy services.

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

E: jonclark@forestofavontrust.org

Jon AttwoodJon Attwood – Training Manager

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. He delivers Forest School training, approved by the Forest School Trainers Network.

T: (0117) 963 3383, M: (07889) 279418

E: jonattwood@forestofavontrust.org

Helen HumphriesHelen Humphries – Admin and Support Officer

Helen provides admin and project support focusing on the Natural Connections pilot and the training programme. She has over 10 years experience in environmental and community education including tree-based outdoor workshops.

T: (0117) 963 3383

E: schools@forestofavontrust.org

Extended Team: Associates

Nicola RamsdenNicola 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 as a copy writer/website producer for local charities and the BBC Natural History Unit.

Rachel & 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.

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.

Trust Directors

Keith Betton (Chairman), Chris Bloor (Access Director); Keith Bonham MBE DL, Nigel Howe, Rt. Hon. The Earl of Ducie, 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.




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)