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Manor Road: a Great Community Woodland

Jean with Noah, next to her plaque

New benches have recently been installed at Manor Road Community Woodland, just south of Keynsham, making it even easier to enjoy this great woodland. One includes a plaque, celebrating the 80 years of local resident Jean Crowther ‘Jeannie’, pictured above with her grand nephew Noah enjoying the new bench.

Manor Road Community Woodland is owned by Bath & North East Somerset Council and the Friends of Manor Road have been actively involved in its management since 2002. It is also a Forest of Avon Trust Tree Dedication Site and the Trust provides funding from the Tree Dedications to support the work of the Friends Group.

Visiting the Site

The terrain is level and most paths are grass. There are hard surfaced paths in some areas that are suitable for wheechairs and prams. There is no designated car park, so if you intend to park in the residential area adjacent to the site, please do so with consideration for the needs of local residents.

You can access the  woodland directly from Manor Road between Keynsham and Saltford, (OS Explorer 155, grid reference: 667 672).

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Crowds Went Wild About Trees At The Festival Of Nature

Inside The Wild About Tree Tent, Crowds gather to sample the activities.On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June 2011 The Forest of Avon Trust took part at the Festival of Nature in Bristol. Preparations began on Thursday to dress the marquee. Our marquee, called “Wild about trees”  was shared with Bristol City Council and Avon Gorge and Downs project based at Bristol Zoo.  Huge thanks go to John Lewis Cribbs Causeway Visual Merchandise Team who very kindly brought to life our visions for the sensory woodland and produced the displays, signs and interactivities for our woodland trail.  Activities were on offer such as feely boxes filled with forest material, sounds & smells from the woodlands all designed to tempt visitors to share with us their views and feelings when in the woods.  A memory tree shown above, invited those who had gone through the sensory boxes to share their memories that were prevoked as a result by writing them down onto a sticky flowerpad. These were then placed onto the branches of the tree. Some of the memorable experiences written down were:-

“Discovering wild strawberries in a wood in Yorkshire when I was 9″

“Walking up a river through the woods in our boots”

“Playing hide and seek in the woods with my friends and coming home smelling of forest”

Thanks also to Almondsbury Garden Centre for the loan of some fantastic plants to decorate the marquee and to Timberland from The Mall at Cribbs Causeway who eagerly volunteered to help run the actvities. They also donated a pair of Earth Keeper Boat shoes that were used as a prize draw for those who completed a feedback form and were won by Matthew Hanbidge from Bristol.

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