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Our recent work

Over the last 3 months the work of the Forest of Avon has included:

  • Delivering the first phase of our 2017 accredited training programme, also working with the Forestry Commission at Westonbirt to run two Outdoor First Aid courses for their staff in May;
  • Running the Woodland Skills project for adults with learning disabilities at Splatt’s Abbey Wood. Attended by 13 adults, activities included: coppicing, dead-hedging, putting up bird-boxes, laying bark chippings on muddy paths and making bird feeders. The feedback from those attending and the local Friends group has been very positive. Bristol College staff emphasised how much calmer students were compared to in classroom. Thanks to the Quartet Community Foundation for the funding. Woodland Skills is part of our wider Woodland Wellbeing programme;
  • Promoting free tree packs to 74 primary schools in Bristol and Avon for the Woodland Trust. So far, 21 schools have taken up the packs;
  • Reviewing tree planting opportunities in primary school grounds in Bristol, Avon and Swindon for the Defra funded school planting scheme. So far, 11 schools have been visited and 850 trees planted;
  • Completing the final phase of the Colliter’s Wood planting, with 1,000 trees planted with 25 OVO and UWE volunteers linked to OVO’s I Dig Trees project;
  • Planting school orchards at St. Stephen’s Junior and Park Primary Schools in Kingswood, making 12 this winter/ spring;
  • Working with the Friends of Page Park and South Gloucestershire Council to fund 33 feature trees in this important park in Staple Hill and planting others in Felicity Park in Warmley;
  • Delivering the Woodland Skills project funded by the OVO Foundation. Recent activities have included the planting at Colliter’s Wood and training days at Manor Woods (Malago Valley), Stockwood and Ridge Wood (Yate). A big thank you to the 3 UWE volunteers who helped with these;
  • Laying half of the roadside hedgerow at The Retreat community woodland, funded by a Lottery Awards for All grant; and
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Forest of Avon Veteran Tree Project

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The charity has long been convinced of the importance of field trees to landscape character, biodiversity and to local culture.

Through generous grant funding from The Mercers’ Company, we are launching the Forest of Avon Veteran Tree project, initially focusing on North Somerset and Bath & NE Somerset.

Over the next 18 months we will work with a wide range of partners to record veteran trees, candidate veteran trees (and where different) significant landscape trees in fields and woodlands. Anna Brunton, who will lead on the project, will submit details of unrecorded veteran trees to the Woodland Trust’s Ancient Tree Hunt website, as well as training Tree Wardens and other volunteers to record significant trees.

Anna will also work with farmers and landowners to provide advice on tree conservation and grants. If funding can be found, we hope to deliver a further phase of the project working in South Gloucestershire.

To find out more about the project and how you can get involved, please email Anna or call (0117) 963 3383. We will also Tweet regularly about progress.

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Dementia Wellbeing Pilot Project

“If my son could see me now, he wouldn’t believe it”

People with dementia and their carers had the opportunity to try out a range of environmental art, woodcraft and outdoor cooking in the Forest of Avon Trust’s recent Woodland Wellbeing project.

The pilot project, in Conham River Park, arose from a partnership between Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service and the Forest of Avon Trust and ran for 12 weeks from late summer into the autumn, attracting a total of 17 participants.  Underpinned by the 5 Ways to Wellbeing (be active, connect, take notice, keep learning and give back), activities across the sessions included walks along the river and through the woods, environmental arts and crafts, making fires and cooking, chatting over a cup of tea or coffee and learning about wildlife.

Participants were accompanied by a close family member or a support worker and everyone could join in the activities as much or as little as they wanted. People got involved in sawing and drilling wood to make rustic items such as twig pencils, mallets and candle holders; making mosaics and bunting from found leaves and petals; or using natural inks with quills they’d made from feathers to write poems based on what they could see, hear and smell in the woodland environment. For others, it was enough to sit and watch.

Each week a member of the group would light the fire to boil water for hot drinks, and sitting around in a circle trying to guess which way the wind would blow the smoke became a regular focus of the group.  We did some foraging while on our walks, collecting sweet chestnuts to roast and blackberries which made a tasty accompaniment to home-made pancakes, while the final session featured more traditional outdoor snacks such as hot dogs and toasted marshmallows.

“There’s a wonder to it”

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Free Trees for Primary Schools

The Forest of Avon Trust has teamed up with national charity: the Woodland Trust to provide a great FREE shrub/ tree offer to local primary schools.

The FREE tree packs contain 30 shrubs/ trees and you can choose between species suitable for a small hedgerow or copse, meaning that the many benefits of trees can be brought to your school, however small your space is; we also provide guidance to help you decide what is best. 

The packs of 20- 60cm shrubs/ trees are ideal for planting by school children and each comes with a spiral guard and cane for protection.    

The Forest of Avon Trust can advise on site suitability, planting density, species choice, longer- term care and how to get your free trees. 

The deadline to order this winter’s tree packs (up to 2 per school) is January 6th 2017, (for delivery and planting in March), so please get in touch with Anna Brunton for details of how to get them by emailing: woodlands@forestofavontrust.org or by calling  her on 0117 963 3383.

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Our Orchard project

The Forest of Avon Trust’s Orchard project featured in the latest Countryside Classroom newsletter.  This reported:

Ten schools from across the South West recently learned about the benefits of trees, and planted fruit trees as part of this year’s Schools Orchard Project.

The trust provided guidance and free fruit trees as well as helping out with planting where needed. Hundreds of children got involved and planted a grand total of 95 fruit trees.

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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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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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Get a Woodland Management Plan for Free

A new range of woodland grants are available under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. These provide funding for a five- year programme of work to improve woodland and also capital payments for specific improvement work.

To apply for these grants you now need a current Forestry Commission woodland management plan and the Forest of Avon Trust can produce this for you for free.    

The Forest of Avon Trust has produced approved woodland management plans for 750 ha of woodlands locally. We can produce a plan for you for free if you have woodland 3ha or larger and you allow us to claim a Woodland Planning Grant from the Forestry Commission.

Interested? Then please contact Executive Director: Jon Clark on: jonclark@forestofavontrust.org or (0117) 963 3383 for a without obligation discussion about the options and the grant payments you could receive to help you manage your woodland.

Details of the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme are available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/countryside-stewardship/application-process

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