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800ha woodland now in management through the work of the Charity.

Woodland Incentives: Please Complete Our 5 Minute Questionnaire

Please take 5 minutes to complete the questionnaire to help us improve the range of advice and incentives we can offer woodland owners, managers and those interested in new planting. Just double click here to download to your computer: Woodland Questionnaire.

Every completed questionnaire received will be numbered in order and then entered in to a draw for a free fruit tree (worth £40); alternatively, we will donate 20 free trees to a local school. Deadline 1200 31st July 2017.

Please email to jonclark@forestofavontrust.org (or send by post) and don’t forget to include an email address and phone number.

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Professor Alice Roberts

Trust Patron: Professor Alice Roberts talks about the importance of woodlands, the Forest of Avon Trust and a major new research project launched this week:

I’m passionate about the importance of woodlands – and that importance ranges from the global and economic to the deeply personal and psychological. Forests form a critical component of global ecosystems – and are crucially important for humanity. They support a huge range of life – home to half of all known species; they play crucial roles in carbon and water cycles; they provide us with building materials and fuel; and as we walk through them, they fill us with a sense of calm and wellbeing.

 It’s hard to believe it, but the UK has the lowest woodland cover of any European country. After millennia of deforestation – which started thousands of years ago, in the Neolithic, as farmers cleared woodland to make way for crops and livestock – there’s now a pressing to re-forest. Visions of a sustainable UK include much larger areas of managed woodland. The mission of the Forest of Avon Trust includes protecting trees and woodland, planting more, and helping people to enjoy these wonderful natural spaces.

The University of Birmingham is committed to forest research, which will inform how we sustain and nurture our woodlands as the climate changes. We’ve just launched a multi-million pound open-air experiment aimed at understanding how woodlands will respond to rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere this century. You can read more about the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research here. ’

Find out more about the Forest of Avon Trust’s wide- ranging work in Bristol & Avon here and follow us on Twitter to keep up to date on the latest tree & woodland news.

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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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Forest Research update

You can read some of the latest news from Forest Research here:

If you would like to receive the Forest Research e-newsletter, you can subscribe online or send your contact details to: newsletter@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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New biomass guide

The Forestry Commission has a new guide to the use of biomass for heating.  It begins:

“There are many ways in which community groups can get involved in developing a local woodfuel supply chain.  These pages will guide you through the stages of the supply chain, helping you understand the time, resources, skills and costs involved.  The woodfuel sector is growing in response to positive policy and financial support for the use of wood-fuelled heating systems and bringing woodlands back into sustainable management.

The FC says that sustainable woodfuel supply chains offer a wide range of social, economic and environmental opportunities and benefits including:

  • supporting the local economy
  • improving access to woodland for leisure
  • bringing together local communities
  • creating new skills and jobs
  • enabling carbon savings
  • promoting increased woodland biodiversity
  • supporting climate change mitigation through woodland management.

The Guide has 7 sections:

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Forestry Careers in 60 Seconds

A new video produced by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and sponsored by Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is showing young people the diversity of roles in the forestry sector and challenging stereotypes – all in less than one minute.

Forestry Careers in 60 Seconds shows the numerous career paths that the sector has to offer young people – from forest management and timber processing to plant pathology and ecosystem management. It aims to tackle traditional misconceptions of the forestry profession as being only a manual and male-orientated one.

Shireen Chambers, ICF Executive Director, said:

“The old image of foresters as bearded men with chainsaws is so out of step with modern forestry professionals. We want to show that whatever your gender, whether you’re an outdoor or indoor type, business or science-orientated – there is a role in the forestry sector to suit you.”

Forestry Careers in 60 Seconds was filmed with the kind sponsorship of Forestry Commission Scotland and support from Confor. Visit the ICF YouTube channel to view the video now or use the hashtag #GrowingCareers on Twitter.

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Grants for Rural Action Now Available

The West of England LEADER Fund is now open for Grant Applications

The new West of England LEADER programme is now open for applications for grants from rural businesses and communities across North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset.

Eligible businesses and communities can apply for grants for capital projects to help support their growth and sustainability.  Applications for investments from £10,000 up to £100,000 can now be made.

The LEADER programme is primarily designed to promote business growth and stimulate job creation.  The programme is focused on rural areas and its priorities are supporting micro and small rural businesses, farm diversification projects, forestry projects, tourism projects, rural services and cultural and heritage projects.

The Forest of Avon Trust is really pleased to be part of the Local Action Group for Leader. For more information on the grants available, please click here.

 

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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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Committed to Getting Woodlands Managed

The Forest of Avon Trust has produced approved Forestry Commission Woodland Management Plans for over 700 ha of local woodlands. This is part of our commitment to getting at least 50% of woodlands in to management by 2020.

We are very grateful for sponsorship which means that making contact with woodland owners across Avon and offering advice on grant schemes.

We are also extremely pleased that the Forestry Commission continues to make woodland management a priority and in return for their Woodland Planning Grant we can produce an approved Woodland Management Plan for free* (for woodlands 3ha+).

The new Woodland Stewardship scheme means that an approved management plan is now required to access the new Woodland Improvement grants and associated capital grants.

If you have a woodland which is 3ha+ please get in touch for a no- obligation meeting to discuss your woodland and the new grants which are available.

We are seeking sponsorship to offer the same free service for smaller woodland owners.

*For complex woodlands there may be a modest charge.

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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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