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Woodland Works

Collecting tree guards

Two groups of adults with learning difficulties have been visiting The Retreat over the last year to learn new skills and help us manage the woodland.

Last week people from Choices4U helped clear dozens of tree guards and create a small area of hazel coppice. Participants from The Milestone Trust’s Stepping Forward group have also been hard at work in the woods, creating a dead hedge and pond dipping amongst other things.

The Woodland Works project was funded by South Gloucestershire Learning Difficulties Development Board and The Baily Thomas Charitable Trust and has been running since last summer. Participants have learned about fire lighting, shelter building, safe use of tools and wildlife identification (in all kinds of weather!)

A support worker from Milestone Trust said: “The retreat experience gave the service users valuable outdoor experiences. Learning about safety outdoors and using tools and fire. They learned to work together as a team and did independent projects. Outdoor confidence grew as they learned to make things from nature… All ask to go back to experience more.”

Using hand made bows and arrows

It hasn’t all been hard work though! The groups have also had fun making bows and arrows, building shelters, making music and creating woodland art. The Retreat also provides a therapeutic environment to spend time sitting quietly, listening and watching, a chance to feel connected to nature.

If you are interested in finding out more about Woodland Works, please contact: jonattwood@forestofavontrust.org

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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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North Somerset’s Trees Remove £1.7 Million of Pollutants/ Year

Through 2013 the Trust worked with a group of committed volunteer Tree Wardens in North Somerset to survey nearly 200 sites across the District to collect information on any trees present. This information, along with climatic data for the survey period, has now been processed using the US Forestry Service’s iTree model.

The results graphically set out the invaluable pollution management services that North Somerset’s trees provide. They also demonstrate the huge contribution that volunteers can make and this project is the first to use volunteers to collect information in the UK.

In North Somerset, tree cover removes harmful pollutants (CO, NO2, O3, PM10, PM2.5, SO2), with an annual average value of £1,703,648.30.  This is another compelling reason why we need to look after our existing trees and plant more of them.

The iTree model can be applied at a variety of scales ranging from a local authority to a Parish or Ward, or a local park/ green space. The Trust can provide a free introductory meeting, or a detailed briefing for £125. Details of these and other services are here: iTree Flyer Text_1.

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Vacancies for Advisors

Forest of Avon Trust Advisors

The Forest of Avon Trust is also recruiting voluntary Advisors, who would be available to provide staff and Trust Directors with specialist advice on an occasional basis, including as required, at Board meetings.

We would be very interested to hear from anyone who feels that they can help and in particular, from people from the following backgrounds:

Primary Education

Secondary Education

Social care

Mental health

Please send a CV and also a covering letter setting out your interest in a particular role and the skills that you can bring to it. Please email this to Jon Clark Executive Director, by 1200 on Friday the 25th April: jonclark@forestofavontrust.org For more information on the Forest of Avon Trust, please visit: www.forestofavontrust.org

 

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Vacancies for Charity Directors

We are currently recruiting the following Forest of Avon Trust Directors:

Volunteering Director

Recruiting and co-ordinating volunteers to undertake work including: woodland maintenance; attending/ running events; giving talks and leading guided walks.

Business Sponsorship & Support Director

Approaching small and medium sized businesses to secure sponsorship and raising awareness of the training and corporate experiences that the Forest of Avon Trust can offer.

Outdoor Access Director

Championing the wide range of public access in the Forest of Avon; producing a web- accessible database of routes and working with the Volunteer Recruitment Director to put together and deliver a programme of guided walks.

These positions are unpaid voluntary roles, working mainly from home, with quarterly board meetings at Ashton Court in Bristol and also involving regular liaison with the Forest of Avon Trust Executive Director.

Appointments are initially for 1 year. Each would provide invaluable experience of charity governance, project management and the fulfilment that would come from helping this charity grow further.

Interested?

If so, we would love to hear from you.

Please send a CV and also a covering letter setting out your interest in a particular role and the skills that you can bring to it. Please email this to Jon Clark Executive Director, by 1200 on Friday the 25th April: jonclark@forestofavontrust.org 

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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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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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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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Buy Great Value, Quality Fruit Trees

Following last year’s successful scheme, the Forest of Avon Trust is again be able to offer the following pot- grown bush apple trees for Bristol allotment- holders. Collection from Ashton Court in 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.

The rootstocks above are dwarfing and will result in a guideline tree size of 2 metres (M27) and 2.5 metres (M9), respectively. All will need supporting with stakes/ wires and high levels of weed control and watering. All these varieties will pollinate each other.

Bush apple trees at least two years old and are approximately 1.2 to 1.5 metres high, including compost filled 12- litre pot.

This year apples are: £26, still well below garden centre prices. We can also supply pot grown pear trees on Quince C rootstock (£27), cherries on Gisela 5 (£28) and plums on pixy (£28). We also supply blackberries, raspberries and stakes + ties, mats + pegs and rabbit guards.

As a guide a maximum of three dwarf fruit trees can be planted on an allotment. In all cases, planting needs to be (simply) checked with Bristol’s Allotments team on (0117) 922 3737.

Ordering is simple: please complete: Fruit Tree Order Form and email it to: jonclark@forestofavontrust.org

If you have any questions or special requests please also email the address above.

All are supplied subject to availability: alternatives will be offered.

Trees to be collected by arrangement from Ashton Court Estate and are supplied with a planting/ maintenance guide. Delivery for up to 3 trees can be arranged and is £5 (0- 5 miles of Ashton Court); £10 (6- 10 miles); longer distances by arrangement (typically between £4- £8/ tree).

A HUGE RANGE OF OTHER VARIETIES AND ROOT STOCKS CAN BE ALSO BE PRE- ORDERED AND COLLECTED FOR GARDEN PLANTING, please email to enquire.

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