Trees for Learning

Trees for Learning

Engaging young people (and others) in the natural world is critically important. We work with primary school children to plant and care for trees, explaining their many benefits; and run woodland conservation activities for young people at secondary school who have behavioural and other needs.

Trees for Learning Project: Free Trees, Support & Resources

The Forest of Avon Trust is being funded by Defra (as part of a national programme for all Community Forests) to work with schools to promote the benefits of trees & woodlands and to support them to plant trees to improve school grounds. We provide free trees, active engagement of children in the benefits of trees, as well as support with planting & aftercare. This scheme is available to primary schools across the Forest of Avon Community Forest (Bristol & Avon) and the Great Western Community Forest (in & around Swindon). If you are interested, please email: Anna Brunton.

To download your free Trees for Learning Resource Pack for teachers of EYFS, Key Stage 1 & 2, please click here.

To download your free pack setting out the benefits of nature for Children with Special Educational Needs, please click here.

School’s Orchard Programme

Now in its seventh year with over 70 school orchards planted, the Forest of Avon Trust works with schools in Bristol & Avon every year to provide free orchards of ten fruit trees. Orchards can include apples, pears, plums or cherries: all top quality English stock. For the last four years the scheme has been supported by Western Power Distribution, with previous sponsors including Airbus UK and the John Lewis Partnership: thank you all! In 2017, we also attracted private sponsorship to plant an additional orchard. If you are interested, please email Anna Brunton. The number of orchards offered each years depends on the sponsorship available.

Woodland Skills

Woodland Skills is part of our successful Woodland Wellbeing programme. We run programmes of woodland activities for secondary-school aged pupils with special needs, or those challenging behaviours (some of whom are at risk of exclusion). Activities have a practical focus and enable young people to better understand the natural environment and also to undertake meaningful work to improve woodland in their local area. Through this they developed self- esteem and personal responsibility, as well acquiring a range of practical skills. These all positively contribute to their behaviour at school. Participants completing all stages of programme are issued with a John Muir Award underpinning their self-esteem and providing potential employers with evidence of their achievement and this is celebrated with their parents and peers. 

Our work is entirely grant-funded and we have recently delivered projects supported by the Ernest Cook Trust, OVO Energy, CLA Charitable Foundation, Princes Trust and ESG Robinson Charitable Trust. If you would like more details about how you could help, please email Jon Clark. 

Woodland Skills: A Video by the Young People of Ashton Park School


With your help we can do SO much more.