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

The Trust has its First Woodland

The Retreat looking north.

The Retreat woodland, looking north

 

The Forest of Avon Trust is now the proud lessee of The Retreat community woodland at Beach, near Upton Cheyney. This 5.18 hectare native woodland was planted in 2000 and provides attractive woodlands walks, with great views extending over Bristol to the Severn Estuary.

Jon Clark, Forest of Avon Trust Executive Director said: ‘Taking on the lease of  The Retreat is a ‘real coming of age’ for the Trust, three years in to its life. We now have a great location for woodland walks, a fantastic site for Forest School training and new location for Tree Dedications. I would really like to thank Veale, Wasbrough, Vizards for their pro bono conveyencing support which helped make this possible.’

The Retreat is on Marshfield Lane, Beach and is clearly marked on Explorer Map 155 a mile east of Upton Cheyney, grid reference ST 710707. Telephone Jon on (0117) 963 3383 for more detailed directions.

The Retreat was formerly managed by the Woodland Trust and planted under their ‘Woods on Your Doorstep’ Lottery funded programme.

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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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Signs & Waymarkers for Meadow Wood

The Forest of Avon Trust has worked with local farmer Mr Clapp to help him secure grants from the Forestry Commission for improving his community woodland: Meadow Wood. Grants have helped pay for a new sign welcoming people in to the woodland and waymarkers and posts. A grant will also contribute towards annual management costs for five years.

Meadow Wood is a fantastic developing woodland in the Avon Valley, adjacent to the Monarch’s Way between Keynsham and Bitton. Walkers are welcome. General location here.

The Forest of Avon Trust is advising a number of woodland owners about the grants which are available for woodland management and public access, (as well as new planting). If you have a woodland, please contact Jon Clark on (0117) 963 3383 to discuss further and arrange a free site visit.

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Manor Road: a Great Community Woodland

Jean with Noah, next to her plaque

New benches have recently been installed at Manor Road Community Woodland, just south of Keynsham, making it even easier to enjoy this great woodland. One includes a plaque, celebrating the 80 years of local resident Jean Crowther ‘Jeannie’, pictured above with her grand nephew Noah enjoying the new bench.

Manor Road Community Woodland is owned by Bath & North East Somerset Council and the Friends of Manor Road have been actively involved in its management since 2002. It is also a Forest of Avon Trust Tree Dedication Site and the Trust provides funding from the Tree Dedications to support the work of the Friends Group.

Visiting the Site

The terrain is level and most paths are grass. There are hard surfaced paths in some areas that are suitable for wheechairs and prams. There is no designated car park, so if you intend to park in the residential area adjacent to the site, please do so with consideration for the needs of local residents.

You can access the  woodland directly from Manor Road between Keynsham and Saltford, (OS Explorer 155, grid reference: 667 672).

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