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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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
We are really pleased to announce that Jen Green has joined the Trust as part- time Trees and Woodlands Project Officer. She will be identifying potential tree planting sites and taking forward our Garden Forest project in a number of areas. Jen will also be extending our network of contacts and helping to promote our Tree Dedication scheme.
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.
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.
I worked for the first Community Forest: the Great North Forest from its beginning in 1990 and have worked in Community Forestry since. I remain strongly of the view that a shared, progressive and long- term strategy for the countryside around England’s largest urban areas is essential. This need not be prescriptive, but should be about a common will to spend time on improving the landscape and functionality of an area, in partnership with landowners, communities and many others.
The Forest of Avon Partnership ended in 2009 having achieved a great deal. Whilst 17 years is long-term in British planning terms, this charity was established to keep the momentum going. It is really heartening to hear Bristol Mayor: George Ferguson, refer to the need for more tree planting (one of our objectives) and cross boundary working.
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.
The Radstock in Bloom committee and horticulture students from Radstock College joined Trust staff to plant trees in the driving rain at Southfield in Radstock. The 25 ornamental willows will both help to shelter Radstock Town F.C.’s pitch and also provide an attractive feature for park users. The scheme was funded by Bath & NE Somerset LSP’s Small Grants Fund and The Big Tree Plant, with kind permission for the planting being given by Radstock Town Council.