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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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Volunteering with Forest of Avon Trust

Portrait photo of Scott Burnett in the woodsScott Burnett is an art psychotherapist with a particular interest in working with people creatively and therapeutically outdoors in local woodlands. Scott has a written this blog post about his experiences as a volunteer with the Forest of Avon Trust:

“I wanted to volunteer at the Forest of Avon Trust because it’s a great opportunity to participate in the various activities that the charity provides to help build my skills, knowledge and experience of working with groups outdoors.

“I’ve really enjoyed volunteering on the Woodland Works workshops with adults with learning disabilities run by Rachel Tomlinson and Nicola Ramsden. I learned a great deal from Rachel and Nicola about leading workshops like these and enjoyed seeing how much the participants clearly get from activities such as coppicing, dry-hedge building, sawing, fire-making and camp-cooking.

“In a recent workshop we did a pond dip. It was wonderful to see how enthusiastic and focused the participants were to identify pond wildlife. We were all impressed at how big and ‘mean’ the predator dragon-fly larvae looked!

“I was also fortunate to be able to help Jon Attwood when he led a Level 1 Forest School course  and workshops for teachers, play workers and other trainees. Whilst helping out I was able to learn from Jon’s long experience of providing Forest School activities and training.

I’ve already used one activity in my own environmental arts therapy workshops: the group make a circle of wood on the ground and divide it into segments, one for each person. Standing in a segment, each group member faces outwards and walks into the wood to spend time alone reflecting. They also bring back some natural objects that they find, which the group discusses. This activity may seem simple enough, but it offers so much in helping people to immerse themselves in the experience of being in a woodland and sharing this with others in the group.

“I look forward to continuing my association with the Forest of Avon Trust in the future to continue building my knowledge and experience.”

If you are interested in volunteering with the Forest of Avon Trust, please get in touch with Jon Clark at: jonclark@forestofavontrust.org

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Vacancies for Charity Directors (Trustees)

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

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.

Volunteering Director

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

Further details here: Forest of Avon Trust Director (Trustee) Brief

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 at jonclark@forestofavontrust.org 

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More Trees for Haydon

Haydon wood

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.

 

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Showcasing our Work

The Trust celebrated its third ‘birthday’ in December by taking on the lease of The Retreat and by filming three videos at the site, illustrating our work.  Trust patron and One Show regular Mike Dilger took time out of his busy schedule to help us with this, working with local media production company Constellation Media.

We were supported in the films by Forest School trainees; children and staff from Bradley Stoke Community School; and representatives from some of the organisations, businesses and Councils we have worked with.

Jon Clark, Trust Executive Director, said:

‘It was a cold and windy day, so huge thanks to everyone who took part. It was really heartening to hear everyone’s commitment to the cause. I am really pleased with three short films, which I hope speak for themselves.’

A mention has also got to go to Manor Farm Shop for an excellent warming lunch.

The videos are below: (also available on our YouTube Channel)

Tree Charity: the Forest of Avon Trust

Click here to play the video

 Tree Action in and Around Bristol

Forest School Leader Training

Click here to play the video

 

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53 Rolls Royce Staff Get Stuck In

Rolls Royce engineering staff from Britain, Saudi Arabia and India volunteered their time to improve The Retreat, a community woodland near Upton Cheyney.

Rolls Royce staff construct a bench

Rolls Royce staff construct a bench

The group constructed three benches, created a fantastic wildlife pond, removed many hundreds of tree tubes and stakes, and cut back overhanging vegetation. The sun managed to shine and a great day was had by all, refreshments being supplemented by mugs of tea cooked over a fire lit in the bushcraft manner.

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Windwhistle Allotments Mini Orchard

Orchard Planting WSM

Orchard Planting Weston Super Mare

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New Hedge for Trendlewood Park, Nailsea

Alec French Architects Hard at Work

Bristol based Architects Alec French recently got dug in and planted a hedgerow of over 200 native shrubs and trees to further improve Trendlewood Park, Nailsea, They donated the plants to help offset their carbon emissions and also to make a real difference to the local area.

The project was coordinated by the Forest of Avon Trust and brought together the firm, the Friends of Trendlewood Park and the Park’s owners, North Somerset Council.

Jon Clark, Trust Executive Director said: ‘This is exactly what the Forest of Avon Trust is all about: putting people together, adding some time and guidance,  and making things happen’.

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Green Suburbs

Enjoying a well earned break after a day of planting & mulching

The sound of the Suburb’s Church, Cadbury Heath has recently included skips being filled. Pastor Michael Williams and members of the Church have transformed a green area and on the 6th March, the Trust helped them apply the finishing touches.

Michael, Nathan Duggan and Liam Thomas (and Jon Clark!) planted 180 native shrubs and barrowed numerous loads of mulch to keep the weeds down. The Trust co-ordinated the planting, with funding coming from a grant from Oldland Parish Council and free mulch from South Glos Council.

It’s a great project and demonstrates the Trust’s role in delivering more trees, more action.

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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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