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.
Worcester Pearmain, Copyright Nick Dunn, Trees for Life
As promoted in June’s Bristol Allotments’ Newsletter, the Forest of Avon Trust is pleased to be able to offer the following pot- grown bush apple trees for £20 collection from Ashton Court late October/ early November:
- Ashmeads Kernel, (Gloucestershire): eating apple, harvest October, flowering group 4; rootstocks: M27 and M9;
- Blenheim Orange, (Oxford): eating & cooking apple, harvest October, flowering group 3; rootstock: M27;
- Bramley’s Original, (Nottinghamshire): cooking apple, harvest October, flowering group 3; rootstocks: M27, M9;
- Bramley’s Seedling, (Nottinghamshire): cooking apple, harvest October, flowering group 3; rootstock: M27;
- Cox Orange Pippin, (Bristol- self fertile variety): eating apple, harvest October, flowering group 3; rootstock: M27, M9;
- Egremont Russet, (Sussex): eating apple, harvest October, flowering group 2; rootstock: M27, M9;
- Worcester Pearmain, (Worcester): eating apple, harvest September, flowering group 3; rootstock: M27.
On 4 July 2012 the Independent Panel on Forestry published its Final Report. The Panel’s chair, the Right Reverend Bishop James Jones said:
“The Panel’s work over the last year has shown that our woodlands, managed sustainably, can offer solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing society today. We have consulted widely, visited woods and forests around the country and read over 42,000 submissions.
There is untapped potential within England’s woodlands to create jobs, to sustain skills and livelihoods, to improve the health and wellbeing of people and to provide better and more connected places for nature.
Government investment is now needed to kick start these changes which will repay itself many times over in terms of public benefit”
The bench making detail
53 Rolls Royce engineering staff from Britain, Saudi Arabia and India volunteered their time to improve The Retreat, a community woodland near Upton Cheyney. They 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.
Keynote Speech by Rowena Kenny
The beautiful and sunny Water Vole Woodland at Lawrence Weston Community Farm was the excellent host for our Bristol Big Green Week woodland event. It was a great success with a fantastic turn out of over 40 professionals from education, social and health sectors attending. Rowena Kenny set the scene with an enlightening and inspiring talk exploring how children’s and adults’ relationships with the outdoors has changed over the past few decades and why it is so important that we are all able to get out into natural spaces.