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Green Suburbs

Enjoying a well earned break after a day of planting & mulching

The sound of the Suburb’s Church, Cadbury Heath has recently included skips being filled. Pastor Michael Williams and members of the Church have transformed a green area and on the 6th March, the Trust helped them apply the finishing touches.

Michael, Nathan Duggan and Liam Thomas (and Jon Clark!) planted 180 native shrubs and barrowed numerous loads of mulch to keep the weeds down. The Trust co-ordinated the planting, with funding coming from a grant from Oldland Parish Council and free mulch from South Glos Council.

It’s a great project and demonstrates the Trust’s role in delivering more trees, more action.

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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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Free Trees for Shirehampton Gardens

Rowan berries

The Forest of Avon Trust is again working with SCAF (Shirehampton Community Action Forum) to provide free native shrubs and small trees for garden planting.

If you are interested in bringing the benefits of a tree to your home whilst doing your bit to green Shirehampton and the wider area, please have a look at the document below: we look forward to receiving your application.

GF Shirehampton Flier_11.12a

The Forest of Avon Trust’s Garden Forest will be operating in a number of other communities through winter 2011/ 12. So please watch this space or follow us on twitter @forestofavon .

We would also really like suggestions from community groups about running it in your area, so plaese call Jon Clark on (0117) 963 3383 or email info@forestofavontrust.org .

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£1,000 Available for Community Trees

This year, the Forest of Avon Trust has over £1,000 to fund native trees/ shrubs for local communities and schools to plant. All we need is a great idea, the agreement of the landowner and a commitment to look after the trees.

We are looking for applications from across the whole of the Bristol & West area (formerly Avon). The scheme is open for as long as funding is available and planting will need to be undertaken between mid November- mid March.

The trees/ shrubs supplied are bare- rooted and less than 90 cm tall. Rabbit guards will be funded, where necessary, for small schemes.

For further details and an application form click: Free Trees Form 11_12.

Great thanks are owed to Trust sponsors, Friends and to Nicola Mason, for her fundraising efforts, who have made the Free Trees Scheme possible.

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Big Tree Plant Bristol – Be a Part of it

School children and Forest of Avon Trust staff plant trees

At the end of last year the Government launched The Big Tree Plant, a national campaign to plant 1 million trees over 4 years.

The campaign is focused on community based tree planting in streets and other publicly accessible or beneficial green spaces. The Forest of Avon Trust are working in partnership with TreeBristol (Bristol City Council) and the Woodland Trust to apply for a grant to plant up to 4,000 trees in streets and green spaces, also creating up to 4 new mini-woodlands across Bristol.

To help the success of the bid please email your support to emma.whitaker@forestofavontrust.org by 22nd August.

If you have suggestions for new tree planting locations, want to help with planting or maintaining the trees, please email Emma and we will be in touch once the funding has been secured.

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Public Forest Estate Update

Trust Directors at their recent AGM resolved that the Trust should pursue being gifted appropriate areas of woodland, where these were deemed to be surplus to the public forest estate. The Trust would also continue to seek to influence the considerations of the expert panel on the future forestry policy, including through the national programme of Community Forests.

The Forest of Avon Trust is also actively working with woodland owners across Bristol & the West to provide advice on grants to help them to continue to provide/ enhance public access and improve the biodiversity of their woodlands. To date, this has been funded by the Forestry Commission and is practically addressing both the needs of owners and the desire for people to continue to visit and enjoy local woodlands.

To help us continue this work, please join us as a Friend.

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1,500 Free Trees for Local Communities

The Trust has provided advice and over 1,500 free trees and shrubs for planting by communities across Bristol & the West this winter. These have been planted in schemes in Montpelier and Weston and also a project in Keynsham.

Free Trees are funded through business donations,  Text a Tree and through the Friend’s scheme. Free trees are a great way to improve areas for now and the future and mobilise local community action.

We intend to expand the Free Trees scheme in the winter of 2011/ 12, so please join us as a Friend, business sponsor or send us a text.

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Text Tree- A Chance to Win Great Prizes!

Connor Loughlin’s Leaflet Promotes Great Prizes

Get a tree planted locally, support community action and also have the  chance to win one of these great prizes:

iPad 16GB donated by John Lewis Cribbs Causeway.

2 x beautiful Acers in presentation pots. Donated by  Park Garden Centre, Almondsbury

2 x £100 worth of groceries donated by Waitrose Nailsea, (excludes alcohol).

4 ball round of golf donated by Knowle Golf Club Bristol

2 x £30 meal vouchers donated by wagamama Clifton.

£40 floral bouquet voucher. Donated by Flowers by Design Nicola Mason

£40 hair salon voucher for Essensuals Portishead donated by Essensuals.

£40 hair salon voucher for Harvey Jane Salon in Mangotsfield, donated by Jane Harvey.

2 x Hollywood Bowl Games for 4 people donated by  Hollywood Bowl The Venue Cribbs Causeway.

4 x Vue Cinema Vouchers donated by Vue Cinema at The Venue Cribbs Causeway.

1 x £25 Gift Card for The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, donated by The Mall at Cribbs Causeway

To get your tree planted locally and be entered into the prize draw just follow these simple guidelines: Text  Tree, your first name, house number and your postcode to 80039.  (for example Tree Nicola 22 BS11 0NN) send text to 80039. Texts cost £1.50 + your network rate. All entries should be received by 0900 Monday 11th July 2011 for inclusion in the draw which will take place at Bradley Stoke Community School later that day. Entries received after that time will not be entered and may be charged.

If you are unable to text, but would still like to get a tree planted locally and enter the draw, you can buy raffle tickets from us at the following venues; dates to be confirmed, where they are not given:

Almondsbury Garden Centre, Saturday 2nd April 10.00-16.00pm and Sunday 3rd April 2011 12.00-14.00pm. Waitrose, Nailsea Thursday 14th and Friday 15th April 2011; Park Garden Centre Cheddar, Wednesday 20th, Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd April 2011 10.30 to 16.00pm; Bradley Stoke Library Thursday 5th & Friday 13th May 2011; Yate Library Friday 20th May 2011 9.30 to 15.00pm; Almondsbury Garden Centre Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th May 2011 10.00-16.00pm; Morrison’s Yate, Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th June 2011; Festival of Nature, Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June 2011;

Ashton Court Visitor Centre by the Cafe;

Other Scheme Conditions:

Entrants for the draw must be 16 years old or over. There is no limit on the number of texts or raffle tickets. Prizes will be drawn in the order above. Details of the winners will be notified by phone and published on this blog/ website.

So, get texting & good luck!!!

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Garden Forest & Free Trees Scheme- Delivering Local Tree Action

Trees benefit gardens big & small

We will be providing free trees for front garden planting in priority areas, this winter. Volunteer, Mark Wilson is undertaking initial survey work in the Cadbury Heath, Staple Hill, Fishponds Road, Portway and Worle areas, to support this. A guide to species and planting in gardens is also being prepared. Free trees will also be available for school grounds and community green spaces if we can secure sponsorship for this. If you are interested in being linked to local environmental action, or want to plant trees, please email: jonclark@forestofavontrust.org

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Funding Local Tree Action

We are extremely grateful for the funding support received so far this year, from Bristol City Council, Bristol Wood Recycling, Green Woods Furniture, Forestry Commission, Natural England (through its Access to Nature Big Lottery funded programme), North Somerset Council, Rolls Royce Ltd., South Gloucestershire Council, Whitehall Printing and our growing number of Friends and donors.

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