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Free trees & discounted fruit trees to help people across the area take action.

Calling all Bristol Allotment Holders

Ashmeads Kernel c.Trees for Life

We  are delighted to have teamed up with Bristol City Council’s Allotments Team for the fifth year running.

Once again we can offer discounted, high quality, 3 year old potted fruit trees. Whilst allotment holders are limited to dwarfing root-stocks, we can still offer a huge range of  fruit trees and bushes in many varieties.

Trees and bushes are available for collection from Ashton Court in early November 2016 and early March 2017. (A total of 6 dwarfing fruit trees are allowable on an allotment.)

Interested? All you have to do is click: FoA-Trust-Quality-Fruit-Tree-List-2016_17 to download the list, check the varieties and tree forms you want are available on the following rootstocks and email info@forestofavontrust.org with your tree and/ or bush order. We will confirm availability and let you know payment and collection details.

Rootstocks for allotments

Apples: M27 and M9; Pears/ Quinces: Quince C; Plums/ Damsons/ Gages/ Mirabelles/ Peaches on VVA-1; Cherries: Gisela 5; Apricots on Torinel.

Tree forms for allotments

Most forms (shapes) of trees are allowable provided they are on an approved rootstock (above). As a general rule espaliers and fan- trained trees are not suitable for allotments, as many are grown on more vigorous rootstocks. 

Please also contact us for your garden fruit and ornamental trees.

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2016/17 Fruit Tree List Now Out

c. Nick Dunn, Trees for Life.

Our new list of 600+ fruit trees and bushes is now available. For the 5th year we are sourcing our trees & bushes from the same top- quality supplier and are selling them at discounted prices. Trees can be ordered now and can be collected from Ashton Court Bristol, in early November. Find out more here.

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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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Get Great Value, Quality Fruit Trees

We are really pleased to once again be able to offer fruit trees and bushes at highly competitive prices. A huge range is available to choose from and trees ordered by 24th October will be available for collection from Ashton Court in November 2014.

Fruit trees come in 12 litre pots and are 1.2 to 1.5 metres high. This year apples are again: £26, well below garden centre prices. We can also supply pot grown pear trees (£27), cherries (£29) and plums (£29). (Other fruit trees may also be available.) We also supply blackberries, gooseberries, raspberries, as well as stakes + ties, mats + pegs and rabbit guards.

Ordering is simple: please find out how to order your tree here.

If you are an allotment holder in Bristol, you can also find out how to choose suitable root-stock.

We also provide guidance on how to plant your tree.

All orders are subject to availability: alternatives will be offered. Orders need to be received by 24th October, 2014.

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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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Attention All Bristol Allotment Holders

Worcester Pearmain, Copyright Nick Dunn, Trees for Life

As promoted in June’s Bristol Allotments’ Newsletter, the Forest of Avon Trust is pleased to be able to offer the following pot- grown bush apple trees for £20 collection from Ashton Court late October/ early November:

  • Ashmeads Kernel, (Gloucestershire): eating apple, harvest October, flowering group 4; rootstocks: M27 and M9;
  • Blenheim Orange, (Oxford): eating & cooking apple, harvest October, flowering group 3; rootstock: M27;
  • Bramley’s Original, (Nottinghamshire): cooking apple, harvest October, flowering group 3; rootstocks: M27, M9;
  • Bramley’s Seedling, (Nottinghamshire): cooking apple, harvest October, flowering group 3; rootstock: M27;
  • Cox Orange Pippin, (Bristol- self fertile variety): eating apple, harvest October, flowering group 3; rootstock: M27, M9;
  • Egremont Russet, (Sussex): eating apple, harvest October, flowering group 2; rootstock: M27, M9;
  • Worcester Pearmain, (Worcester): eating apple, harvest September, flowering group 3; rootstock: M27.

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Windwhistle Allotments Mini Orchard

Orchard Planting WSM

Orchard Planting Weston Super Mare

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Generating a Groundswell for Trees

Our Garden Forest scheme has provided free native shrubs/small trees in Shirehampton, Montpelier and Haydon this winter. This scheme promotes the benefits of trees, provides planting guidance and supports residents in taking local environmental action. It is also a great way of  identifying tree planting projects which we can work with local communities to deliver.

More Garden Forest schemes will follow this winter in Bath and Avonmouth.

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Free Trees for Shirehampton Gardens

Rowan berries

The Forest of Avon Trust is again working with SCAF (Shirehampton Community Action Forum) to provide free native shrubs and small trees for garden planting.

If you are interested in bringing the benefits of a tree to your home whilst doing your bit to green Shirehampton and the wider area, please have a look at the document below: we look forward to receiving your application.

GF Shirehampton Flier_11.12a

The Forest of Avon Trust’s Garden Forest will be operating in a number of other communities through winter 2011/ 12. So please watch this space or follow us on twitter @forestofavon .

We would also really like suggestions from community groups about running it in your area, so plaese call Jon Clark on (0117) 963 3383 or email info@forestofavontrust.org .

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£1,000 Available for Community Trees

This year, the Forest of Avon Trust has over £1,000 to fund native trees/ shrubs for local communities and schools to plant. All we need is a great idea, the agreement of the landowner and a commitment to look after the trees.

We are looking for applications from across the whole of the Bristol & West area (formerly Avon). The scheme is open for as long as funding is available and planting will need to be undertaken between mid November- mid March.

The trees/ shrubs supplied are bare- rooted and less than 90 cm tall. Rabbit guards will be funded, where necessary, for small schemes.

For further details and an application form click: Free Trees Form 11_12.

Great thanks are owed to Trust sponsors, Friends and to Nicola Mason, for her fundraising efforts, who have made the Free Trees Scheme possible.

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