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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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Trees & Golf Go Together

The Trust has been very pleased to accept a kind donation of a V.W Golf Car and trailer to support our activities. The donor: Dr. Malcolm Rigler, a G.P in North Somerset, has made this donation in memory of his kind benefactor: Rev. Frank Linthwaite.

Dr. Rigler has discovered a little about Rev. Linthwaite, but is keen to meet someone connected to the Forest of Avon Trust who has a interest in researching genealogy, so that he can find out more about the education and interests of Rev. Linthwaite. If you can help, please email: jonclark@forestofavontrust.org and he will pass on your details.

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Radstock & Haydon Trees are Looking Great

Trees planted at Southfield and Haydon earlier in 2013 are looking strong and healthy and have put on good rates of growth. More planting is planned in and around Radstock and Jen Green Trees & Woodlands Project Officer is also planning a number of Garden Forest schemes to get more trees in gardens, to complement the great work taking place elsewhere.

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New Tree Dedication Site Near Bristol

The Retreat Tree Dedication Site

We have just extended our popular Tree Dedication scheme to include The Retreat community woodland between Bitton and Wick.

For £10, the Trust provides a unique and personalised Certificate of Tree Dedication to a loved one and also contributes to looking after one of four accessible woodlands close to Bristol. It’s a great gift and one which helps look after the local environment.

To receive the certificate yourself/ send it direct, please complete the Tree Dedication Form and email it to: info@forestofavontrust.org paying via our Virgin Money Giving account , or post to the address details on the form with a cheque payable to: Forest of Avon Trust.

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More Trees for Haydon

Haydon wood

Staff from Bristol-based Alec French Architects joined local residents and Trust staff to plant a  community woodland in the village of Haydon near Radstock. The scheme took place with the kind permission of the owner, Kilmersdon Estates and was part funded by Alec French Architects, The Big Tree Plant and Bath & NE Somerset LSP.

The scheme follows on from successful promotion of the Trust’s Garden Forest scheme in Haydon, which provided advice and free trees to local residents.

Our Friends scheme is great way of supporting the Trust to develop and help deliver more community based projects across the local area.

 

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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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Free Trees for Communities- Apply Now

For the eighth year running, the Trust is pleased to offer free trees and shrubs for communities wanting to improve their local areas.

The trees/ shrubs continue to be from seeds collected and grown locally and are supplied bare- rooted 40-60 cm in size. Where rabbits are a problem we can  also supply rabbit guards free of charge.

All you have to do is fill in this application form:  Free Trees Form 11_12 (You will need to have secured the agreement of the land- owner, confirmed the location of services and have agreed to maintain the trees.)

The free trees/ shrubs are offered on a ‘first come first served’ basis and for applications of more than 75 trees we would ask you to join our Friends scheme (from £3/ month), which enables us to fund community tree planting in to the future.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Woodland Conference

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Montpelier Street Orchard

Street orchard trees being collected

Urban Greening, part of Transition Montpelier has been working with the Trust to plan and deliver a street orchard in the heart of Bristol. The work was funded by a Bristol Green Capital grant, with the Trust providing advice, wholesale- priced English apple trees, stakes and mats.

This work complements the school orchards that the Trust is delivering, bringing food, shade and wildlife to urban communities, complementing existing street trees and supporting community action: ‘just what the Forest of Avon Trust is all about.

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Green Suburbs

Enjoying a well earned break after a day of planting & mulching

The sound of the Suburb’s Church, Cadbury Heath has recently included skips being filled. Pastor Michael Williams and members of the Church have transformed a green area and on the 6th March, the Trust helped them apply the finishing touches.

Michael, Nathan Duggan and Liam Thomas (and Jon Clark!) planted 180 native shrubs and barrowed numerous loads of mulch to keep the weeds down. The Trust co-ordinated the planting, with funding coming from a grant from Oldland Parish Council and free mulch from South Glos Council.

It’s a great project and demonstrates the Trust’s role in delivering more trees, more action.

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