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Professor Alice Roberts

Trust Patron: Professor Alice Roberts talks about the importance of woodlands, the Forest of Avon Trust and a major new research project launched this week:

I’m passionate about the importance of woodlands – and that importance ranges from the global and economic to the deeply personal and psychological. Forests form a critical component of global ecosystems – and are crucially important for humanity. They support a huge range of life – home to half of all known species; they play crucial roles in carbon and water cycles; they provide us with building materials and fuel; and as we walk through them, they fill us with a sense of calm and wellbeing.

 It’s hard to believe it, but the UK has the lowest woodland cover of any European country. After millennia of deforestation – which started thousands of years ago, in the Neolithic, as farmers cleared woodland to make way for crops and livestock – there’s now a pressing to re-forest. Visions of a sustainable UK include much larger areas of managed woodland. The mission of the Forest of Avon Trust includes protecting trees and woodland, planting more, and helping people to enjoy these wonderful natural spaces.

The University of Birmingham is committed to forest research, which will inform how we sustain and nurture our woodlands as the climate changes. We’ve just launched a multi-million pound open-air experiment aimed at understanding how woodlands will respond to rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere this century. You can read more about the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research here. ’

Find out more about the Forest of Avon Trust’s wide- ranging work in Bristol & Avon here and follow us on Twitter to keep up to date on the latest tree & woodland news.

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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: jonclark@forestofavontrust.org

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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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