Tag Archives: Get involved

Get Great Value, Quality Fruit Trees

We are really pleased to once again be able to offer fruit trees and bushes at highly competitive prices. A huge range is available to choose from and trees ordered by 24th October will be available for collection from Ashton Court in November 2014.

Fruit trees come in 12 litre pots and are 1.2 to 1.5 metres high. This year apples are again: £26, well below garden centre prices. We can also supply pot grown pear trees (£27), cherries (£29) and plums (£29). (Other fruit trees may also be available.) We also supply blackberries, gooseberries, raspberries, as well as stakes + ties, mats + pegs and rabbit guards.

Ordering is simple: please find out how to order your tree here.

If you are an allotment holder in Bristol, you can also find out how to choose suitable root-stock.

We also provide guidance on how to plant your tree.

All orders are subject to availability: alternatives will be offered. Orders need to be received by 24th October, 2014.

Posted in: Garden Forest & Allotment Orchard, Our Projects | Tagged , , , |

Why We Still Need a Community Forest

Street and garden trees integrate into woodlands

Street and garden trees integrate with existing woodland, grading to the Cotswold edge. Access links, play areas and open conservation sites extend through this. Farms and woodlands provide food and services for the urban market, with the ‘urban forest’ having the structure to accommodate any permitted development.

I worked for the first Community Forest: the Great North Forest from its beginning in 1990 and have worked in Community Forestry since. I remain strongly of the view that a shared, progressive and long- term strategy for the countryside around England’s largest urban areas is essential. This need not be prescriptive, but should be about a common will to spend time on improving the landscape and functionality of an area, in partnership with landowners, communities and many others.

The Forest of Avon Partnership ended in 2009 having achieved a great deal. Whilst 17 years is long-term in British planning terms, this charity was established to keep the momentum going. It is really heartening to hear Bristol Mayor: George Ferguson, refer to the need for more tree planting (one of our objectives) and cross boundary working.

If you want to help keep the Forest of Avon Community Forest vision and delivery going, email me here with your ideas and/or join us as a Friend (£3/ month).

Jon Clark.

Posted in: Forest of Avon, Future Woods, Latest News, Safeguarding our Trees | Tagged , , , , , |

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.

 

Posted in: Community Partners, Latest News, Our Projects, Volunteering | Tagged , , |

Tree Action in the Radstock Area

Planting trees in Radstock

The Radstock in Bloom committee and horticulture students from Radstock College joined Trust staff to plant trees in the driving rain at Southfield in Radstock. The 25 ornamental willows will both help to shelter Radstock Town F.C.’s pitch and also provide an attractive feature for park users. The scheme was funded by Bath & NE Somerset LSP’s Small Grants Fund and The Big Tree Plant, with kind permission for the planting being given by Radstock Town Council.

Posted in: Latest News, Our Projects | Tagged , |

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

 

Posted in: Business Sponsors, Community Partners, Latest News, Mike Dilger, Our Projects, Outdoor Learning, Training activities, Videos, Volunteering, Woodland Management, Woodland Wellbeing | Tagged , , , , |

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.

Posted in: Latest News, Our Projects, Woodland Management | Tagged , |

Free Trees for Communities- Apply Now

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.

Posted in: Community Partners, Garden Forest & Allotment Orchard, Latest News | Tagged , |

Thank You

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.

Posted in: Latest News | Tagged |

North Somerset Tree Survey

 

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.

Posted in: Latest News | Tagged , |

Attention All Bristol Allotment Holders

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.

More »

Posted in: Garden Forest & Allotment Orchard, Latest News, Our Projects | Tagged , , |