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.
Activities at Ashton Court
The Forest of Avon Trust has been using the Forest School approach with a number of groups of adults with learning disabilities over the last few years. Getting groups out in to local woodlands to explore and undertake a range of activities that has brought them in to close contact with nature has been fun and beneficial. Through talking to those involved we have picked up on some common themes that demonstrate how individuals and groups can benefit from this small group based experience in a natural setting over a period of time. The following link explores this in more detail – Outdoor Activities with Adults with Learning Disabilities.
For the eighth year running, the Trust is pleased to offer free trees and shrubs for communities wanting to improve their local areas.
The trees/ shrubs continue to be from seeds collected and grown locally and are supplied bare- rooted 40-60 cm in size. Where rabbits are a problem we can also supply rabbit guards free of charge.
All you have to do is fill in this application form: Free Trees Form 11_12 (You will need to have secured the agreement of the land- owner, confirmed the location of services and have agreed to maintain the trees.)
The free trees/ shrubs are offered on a ‘first come first served’ basis and for applications of more than 75 trees we would ask you to join our Friends scheme (from £3/ month), which enables us to fund community tree planting in to the future.
We look forward to hearing from you.
The Forest of Avon Trust is very concerned about the potential spread of Ash Dieback to Avon, Gloucestershire and Somerset’s ash trees. The Trust is also very concerned about the need to take a sober view of how to effectively deal with/ respond to the issue going forwards. For the latest assessment of the facts, please click on this link 121106 Chalara Key Scientific Facts.
As a first step, the Trust is checking for Ash Dieback when on site and circulating accurate information about the disease. If you want to help, details of the disease, what to look for and where to report are available here. If you find something, please also email email@example.com
Keep watching this space for updates on the disease and our response to it.
Joining us as a Friend will enable us to do more locally.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the donor from Liverpool, who has made a big contribution to our community based tree- planting work this year.
Thatcher's cider apples, Sandford
The Trust is once again able to offer top quality fruit trees. We can supply a wide variety of traditional and newer varieties, on different root-stocks ( M27, M9, M26 and MM106) and in different forms (bush, half standard, patio), meaning that you can choose a tree to suit your requirements. Trees are pot grown and between 1.5 and 1.75 metres tall.
Prices are £20 for apples, £21 for pears & plums and £22 for cherries, (excluding fan- trained trees & espaliers), collected from us at Ashton Court. This compares with an average of price of £35 from a garden centre.
Interested? Then email firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on (0117) 963 3383 to discuss your requirements. Jon can advise on flowering groups, fruiting characteristics, planting and maintenance requirements.
If you join our Friends scheme by Standing Order, your first fruit tree is FREE. Speak to Jon for further information.
Creating a poem about a willow
We recently ran an Inservice training day with Charborough Road Primary School (whom we have worked with before to create a mini orchard) in North Bristol to explore a range of outdoor activities that would engage their pupils with the natural spaces in their grounds. The day focused on a range of creative and practical approaches to explore outdoor spaces, including – exploring colours and creating a natural mosaic and making natural perfumes. More »
Forest School Training shelter building
Forest School is now well established as a fantastic way to engage groups in woodlands and nature and in supporting the personal development of those involved. A milestone in the development of the Forest School approach has now been reached with the launch of the new governing body.
The Forest of Avon Trust remains committed to this inspirational approach and supports education professionals to undertake Open College Network accredited training. July saw the successful delivery of another Level 3 course to a new group of trainee Forest School leaders. There will be a further opportunity on the 12th & 13th November for those wanting a good starting point in Forest School training to undertake the 2 day Level 1 OCN course. This will be delivered at Lawrence Weston Community Farm Woodland – more information can be found on their website.
Uncommonly known as Araucaria araucana. Clevedon.
We have just started a project to quantify the role of trees and shrubs within North Somerset. This will apply i- Tree Eco methodology developed by the U.S. Forestry Service and used in a number of American cities.
The approach is new in the UK and the Trust’s project follows on from a successful project in Torbay. We will differ from this project, as we will work closely with North Somerset’s expanding network of Tree Wardens to collect the data.
The first step is to test the methodology and we have started surveying the first 20 random plots, generated for us by North Somerset Council.
More details to follow. Click here for a link to the Torbay project.
Cooking on the fire.
The Forest of Avon Trust in partnership with with Bristol Adoption Support Service has run a day for 30 people in the woods at Ashton Court Estate. The family groups went on a short walk across the top of Ashton Court Estate exploring natural colours that can be found in the landscape. Then, in a small woodland clearing the group spent the day enjoying games and activities in the woods, as well as having a relaxing lunch and marshmallows toasted on the fire.