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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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Update on our recent work

This is a quick summary of some of the recent activity of the Forest of Avon Trust.  Please click on the links for further detail of what is listed here.

The image shows tree planting at Tranmere Avenue, Brentry as part of Bristol City Council’s 1 Tree per Child project.

  1. Setting up our 2016 programme of accredited Forest School and related training;
  2. Securing agreement for and starting to deliver Bristol’s Dose of Nature pilot project working with local GP practices, Public Health Bristol and other partners to prescribe woodland activities for people with mental health needs;
  3. Producing a detailed costed proposal for Carrs Woodland Bath, for the Great Western Mainline biodiversity offsetting proposal;
  4. Promoting and supporting applications for Woodland Management Plans for a further 3 woodlands;
  5. Delivering 2 school’s mini-orchards in South Gloucestershire with more planned in this authority, North Somerset and Bath & NE Somerset; part funded by Western Power Distribution;
  6. Supporting the Friends of the Community Forest Path in their re-signage of the route;
  7. Delivering the King George’s Road Garden Forest scheme (free fruit trees for front gardens) in Bristol to enhance the streetscape;
  8. Securing sponsorship further from Pukka Herbs to fund management plans for two small woodlands in the area and also from long- standing sponsors, Whitehall Printing; and
  9. Producing Woodland Management Plans for 2 private woodlands in South Gloucestershire. If you know of owners with woodlands over 3ha who might be interested please let Jon Clark know: jonclark@forestofavontrust.org

 

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New Video of our Work

Click here  and play for a short video which showcases some of the charity’s work and that of two other local projects.

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Vacancies for Charity Directors (Trustees)

We are currently recruiting the following voluntary Forest of Avon Trust Directors:

Business Sponsorship & Support Director

Approaching small and medium sized businesses to secure sponsorship and raising awareness of the training and corporate experiences that the Forest of Avon Trust can offer.

Volunteering Director

Recruiting and co-ordinating volunteers to undertake work including: woodland maintenance; attending/ running events; giving talks and leading guided walks.

These positions are unpaid voluntary roles, working mainly from home, with quarterly board meetings at Ashton Court in Bristol and also involving regular liaison with the Forest of Avon Trust Executive Director.

Appointments are initially for 1 year. Each would provide invaluable experience of charity governance, project management and the fulfilment that would come from helping this charity grow further.

Further details here: Forest of Avon Trust Director (Trustee) Brief

Interested?

If so, we would love to hear from you.

Please send a CV and also a covering letter setting out your interest in a particular role and the skills that you can bring to it. Please email this to Jon Clark, Executive Director at jonclark@forestofavontrust.org 

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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.

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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.

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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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Professor Alice Roberts

Forest of Avon Trust patron, Alice Roberts, joined the University of Birmingham as Professor of Public Engagement in Science in February. Alice is also Director of Anatomy for the NHS Severn Deanery School of Surgery and has most recently been seen on television in Mammoth: Secrets from the Ice.

Alice grew up on the edge of the wooded Blaise Castle Estate and still remembers playing amongst the majestic beech trees with her brother. She is committed to the positive role that trees and woodlands play in peoples’ lives and has been a patron of the Trust since its start in 2009.

Trust Executive Director, Jon Clark, said: ‘It is fantastic that Alice can find the time to combine her extensive academic work and the demands of a busy television career, with continuing support for the Forest of Avon Trust.’

To help support the Trust’s work for trees in and around Bristol, click here.

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Get a Free Apple Tree Worth £35

Local cider orchard

For a limited period, if you set up a Standing Order to become a Friend of the Forest of Avon Trust for a year or more, you will receive a FREE top quality English apple tree in a pot, worth £35.

The Friends scheme (from £3/ month) directly supports the Trust’s work and entitles members to a free tree, a free Tree Dedication, tree planting/ maintenance and regular updates about our work.

To set up a Standing Order, please click here.

Your apple tree would be available in the November- March planting season

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Windwhistle Allotments Mini Orchard

Orchard Planting WSM

Orchard Planting Weston Super Mare

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