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Local Schools Plant Orchards

10 schools from across the area learnt about the benefits of trees and planted orchards as part of our Schools Orchard project this year. Supported by Western Power Distribution, worked with schools in Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, some of which were also part of the Natural Connections outdoor learning project.

We worked with the following schools, providing guidance, free fruit trees and helping out with planting where needed:

Cameley Primary, Bath & North East Somerset

Welton Primary, Bath & North East Somerset

Ashcombe Primary, North Somerset

Crockerne Primary, North Somerset

Westhaven Special School, North Somerset

Courtney Road Primary, South Gloucestershire

Longwell Green Primary, South Gloucestershire

King’s Forest Primary,  South Gloucestershire

Parkwall Primary, South Gloucestershire

The Meadows Primary, South Gloucestershire.

A big thank you to the hundreds of children who got involved and planted a grand total of 95 fruit trees.

If you would like to sponsor an orchard of English fruit trees at a local school, please email:

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1500 more trees on Bedminster Down

This picture shows staff from Bristol’s ‘Bristol Hotel’ enjoying a well-earned break from planting 1500 trees at Colliter’s Wood on Bedminster Down.

They joined volunteers from UWE to do this, with the help of Alun Griffiths contractors and North Somerset Council.

The Trust also worked with volunteers to plant a woodland and a hedge at Stockwood Open Space as part of Bristol City Council’s 1 Tree per Child project; and [ii] with South Gloucestershire Council to agree street tree planting in Staple Hill and elsewhere.


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The Trust Welcomes a New Director



Peter Wise has joined the Trust Board, bringing the number of Directors to 7. Peter is the Managing Director of the highly successful Minuteman Press Bristol and also a visiting Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire. Peter brings with him extensive marketing and business expertise and we are all really pleased to welcome him to the Trust.

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Showcasing our Work

The Trust celebrated its third ‘birthday’ in December by taking on the lease of The Retreat and by filming three videos at the site, illustrating our work.  Trust patron and One Show regular Mike Dilger took time out of his busy schedule to help us with this, working with local media production company Constellation Media.

We were supported in the films by Forest School trainees; children and staff from Bradley Stoke Community School; and representatives from some of the organisations, businesses and Councils we have worked with.

Jon Clark, Trust Executive Director, said:

‘It was a cold and windy day, so huge thanks to everyone who took part. It was really heartening to hear everyone’s commitment to the cause. I am really pleased with three short films, which I hope speak for themselves.’

A mention has also got to go to Manor Farm Shop for an excellent warming lunch.

The videos are below: (also available on our YouTube Channel)

Tree Charity: the Forest of Avon Trust

Click here to play the video

 Tree Action in and Around Bristol

Forest School Leader Training

Click here to play the video


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53 Rolls Royce Staff Get Stuck In

Rolls Royce engineering staff from Britain, Saudi Arabia and India volunteered their time to improve The Retreat, a community woodland near Upton Cheyney.

Rolls Royce staff construct a bench

Rolls Royce staff construct a bench

The group constructed three benches, created a fantastic wildlife pond, removed many hundreds of tree tubes and stakes, and cut back overhanging vegetation. The sun managed to shine and a great day was had by all, refreshments being supplemented by mugs of tea cooked over a fire lit in the bushcraft manner.

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Professor Alice Roberts

Forest of Avon Trust patron, Alice Roberts, joined the University of Birmingham as Professor of Public Engagement in Science in February. Alice is also Director of Anatomy for the NHS Severn Deanery School of Surgery and has most recently been seen on television in Mammoth: Secrets from the Ice.

Alice grew up on the edge of the wooded Blaise Castle Estate and still remembers playing amongst the majestic beech trees with her brother. She is committed to the positive role that trees and woodlands play in peoples’ lives and has been a patron of the Trust since its start in 2009.

Trust Executive Director, Jon Clark, said: ‘It is fantastic that Alice can find the time to combine her extensive academic work and the demands of a busy television career, with continuing support for the Forest of Avon Trust.’

To help support the Trust’s work for trees in and around Bristol, click here.

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John Lewis Funds New Orchards

Meadowbrook Primary Tree Planting Team

John Lewis Cribbs Causeway continued it support for the Trust this March, by providing funding for two English apple orchards in Bradley Stoke.

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New Hedge for Trendlewood Park, Nailsea

Alec French Architects Hard at Work

Bristol based Architects Alec French recently got dug in and planted a hedgerow of over 200 native shrubs and trees to further improve Trendlewood Park, Nailsea, They donated the plants to help offset their carbon emissions and also to make a real difference to the local area.

The project was coordinated by the Forest of Avon Trust and brought together the firm, the Friends of Trendlewood Park and the Park’s owners, North Somerset Council.

Jon Clark, Trust Executive Director said: ‘This is exactly what the Forest of Avon Trust is all about: putting people together, adding some time and guidance,  and making things happen’.

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School Orchards are Thriving

Planting a tree

The Trust is providing free maintenance checks for the 20 schools which planted an Airbus mini-orchard. It is great to see how well the trees are doing and there are even reports of apples in the first year.

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Lucky Winners of The Text A Tree Draw Revealed!

After months of speculation, the winners of the Text a Tree prize draw were revealed at 15.00pm on the 11th July, at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Text a tree draw winners revealed

Left to right: Nicola Mason Forest of Avon Trust, Nimisha Mistry and Connor Loughlin Bradley Stoke Community School and Jon Clark Executive Director, Forest of Avon Trust.

From left to right, Nicola Mason Forest of Avon Trust, Nimisha Mistry, Connor Loughlin Bradley Stoke Community School and Jon Clark Executive Director, Forest of Avon Trust.

Connor Loughlin, designer of the Text a Tree leaflet was responsible for selecting the winning stubs from the raffle ticket and text entries, along with Nimisha Mistry. As a result, we are very pleased to announce the following winners and congratulate them on their success:

16GB iPad donated by John Lewis – Shelley Smith, Rangeworthy

£100.00 Waitrose Nailsea groceries – Sue Sullivan, Patchway

£100.00 Waitrose Nailsea groceries – Jackie Allan, Almondsbury

2 Acers in presentation pots, Almondsbury Garden Centre - Caroline Pinnell, Congresbury

4 Ball round of Golf Knowle Golf Course – Debbie Tonkin, Bristol

£60.00 wagamma voucher Clifton – David Green, Avonmouth

Essensuals £40.00 voucher Portishead – John Maul, Bristol

Flowers by Design £40.00 voucher – Teresa Ladbrook, Yate

£40.00 Harvey Jane Salon, Mangotsfield – Jane Fenwick, Shirehampton

Vue Cinema Vouchers, Cribbs Causeway – Judith Barnhurst, Stockwood

Hollywood Bowl, Cribbs Causeway – Nigel Howe, Backwell

£25.00 Mall gift card – Kathie Poole, Bristol.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the draw either by texting or by purchasing a raffle ticket. We have raised £1,524.00 which will be used to plant more trees in the local area this winter.

Huge thanks also to:

  • All of the above businesses who kindly donated the prizes;
  • Timberland Cribbs Causeway, Mike Burt (ex Cadbury) and Duncan Bonner for volunteering their help to sell raffle tickets and raise awareness of the Trust over the last 3 months;
  • Claire Wilson, Head of History Bradley Stoke Community School, for her organisation of the leaflet design competition and raffle draw; and
  • Richard Truscott, Marketing Manager for Park Garden Centres, for funding the raffle tickets and the leaflets designed by Connor.
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