Rooting for Us All Together

Rooting for Us All Together



Do you want to enable more people to get involved with their local trees and wildlife in Bristol, Bath and the West of England?

At the Forest of Avon Trust, we believe that everyone, whether they live in a city, more rural areas or in between, deserves access to trees and woodlands and all of their benefits. Planting trees in residential areas improves air quality, provides shade, and helps reverse our wildlife loss and catastrophic climate change. Not only that, it improves people’s health, both mentally and physically, general wellbeing and allows children to discover the wonders of the natural world.

But like many areas of life, access to nature is not equal. For example, last year’s People and Nature Survey for England found that nearly three times as many adults living in poverty have no access to an outdoor green space, compared to those with a household income above £50,000 a year. Older people, people living with disability and people from an ethnic minority are all less likely to have visited a natural space in the last 14 days. Likewise, despite over 80% of children saying that being in nature made them very happy, children from minority ethnic backgrounds and low-income households were significantly more likely to have lost access to outdoor and green spaces during the covid lockdown.

The Forest of Avon Trust is your local community forest. Our vision is for everyone working and living in the region to have good access to trees and woodlands and to have the choice to be part of the growth of the Forest! A next step in delivering our goal is doing more to improve access to nature in marginalised communities. 

As we work to 'Realise Our Optimal Treecover' (ROOT) - we want to ROOT for us all!

To do that, we’re seeking across 2022 to:

  • Reach out to new communities, especially those in minority groups in areas of lower tree cover, and find out what they need and how we can help
  • Reach out to local charities and groups about what they need and how we can help their members
  • Provide information about trees and local initiatives in different ways such as in different languages and in community spaces
  • Provide activity in new communities and where there are gaps in our work, identifying activity such as tree planting and walks
  • Spark off local initiatives in areas of low tree cover

If you donate between 30th November and 7th December (which also happens to be National Tree Week too!) you’ll be able to double or even quadruple your impact and bring trees to more people locally than ever before.