Meet The Team

Meet The Team

Core Team

  • Anna Brunton

    Anna Brunton

    Tree and Woodland Officer

    Anna has worked in conservation and woodland work since leaving college in 1994, specialising in woodland management since 2003. 

    Anna delivers the BANES and North Somerset elements of our tree planting programme, including the Defra Trees for Climate scheme. Anna delivers MOREwood schemes on behalf of the Woodland Trust and has recently been involved in our Bathscape project of woodland management. Anna runs woodland training sessions for students, landowners and others. 

    Anna has managed many other projects including Bristol's Greenstreets (with Bristol City Council) planting over 500 street trees, the Lyde Green/Overscourt woods project, Trees for Learning where over 70 school orchards were planted.

  • Nicola Ramsden

    Nicola Ramsden

    Health and Wellbeing Officer

    Nicola delivers our expanding Woodland Health and Wellbeing programme, running woodland activities tailored to the needs of people with dementia, learning disabilities and mental health needs. Ongoing projects include working with Bristol Community Rehabilitation team to support people with long-term mental health issues.

    A biologist and botanist, Nicola spent many years surveying woodland, and other natural habitats. She trained to be a Forest School leader in 2012. Nicola has also worked as an Occupational Therapy technician in mental health services.

  • Alex Stone

    Alex Stone

    Director

    Alex is the Trust's Executive Director as of April 2022. Alex joined our team in 2020 after 8 years of charity work across Bristol and the wider region, including with a large nature conservation charity. Alex has previously set up new projects, nurtured partnerships and delivered year round nature activities across the region. Alex has been managing the Trees for Climate scheme as well as taking on the strategic roles within the Trust and day to day management. 

  • Jack McCrickard

    Jack McCrickard

    Tree and Woodland Officer

    Jack joined the Forest of Avon Trust in 2021 to work with Anna and the team to plan and deliver our tree planting projects. Jack leads on the Bristol and South Gloucestershire tree planting schemes including Trees for Climate. Jack also delivers the Overscourt woods woodland management and access programme. 

    After gaining a Masters in Wild Animal Biology from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014, Jack spent a year as a trainee with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, managing nature reserves. After working on several community conservation projects and traditional orchards in London, Jack moved to Bristol to run Bristol City Council’s One Tree Per Child volunteer programme. Jack has a particular passion for orchards and fruit trees and will be running some pruning workshops later in 2022. 

    Outside of work, Jack is a keen cyclist and rock climber, and generally loves being outdoors.

  • Joe Cusworth

    Joe Cusworth

    Woodland Management Officer

    Joe joined us in 2022 as our Woodland Management Officer, providing advice on woodland management and best practice, producing management plans and directing landowners to resources available to them. 

    Having long been interested in working outdoors and protecting the valuable habitats and ecosystems around us, Joe has worked as a woodland manager since finishing his MSc in Environmental Policy in 2018. He has been involved in sites across the Bristol region and also helps run a coppicing project throughout the Wye Valley, aiming to bring as much woodland into active management as possible. 

    Joe is currently adding to his arboricultural qualifications and in his remaining free time he is a keen cycle-tourist and cook, and makes his own music which he describes as 'mediocre' which inspires the team to listen and provide their own review in due course!

  • Rachel Tomlinson

    Rachel Tomlinson

    Health and Wellbeing Officer

    Rachel has been delivering woodland-based health and wellbeing projects for over 10 years, supporting people to build and embrace nature-connection and improve their physical and mental health. Ongoing projects include working with people living with dementia and their carers in Bristol and South Glos.

    Rachel trained as a Forest School leader in 2012. Before this she worked for the BBC Natural History Unit for 10 years. Rachel worked as Community Inclusion Officer at Westonbirt Arboretum and has also worked in health and wellbeing communication with CLIC Sargent, Healthwatch and ForMed Films.

  • Emily Dymond

    Emily Dymond

    Communications and General Assistant

    Emily joined the team in July 2022 and looks after our communications, including social media channels, newsletter and events, as well as providing general administrative support to the team.

    Emily has a degree in illustration and has worked in varied roles in arts, education and social care with a creative/ communications focus. She loves to draw and paint in her spare time, along with spending time outdoors, camping, hiking and taking photos.

Associates

  • Jon Attwood

    Jon Attwood

    Forest School Level 1 Trainer

    Jon has worked for/ with the Forest of Avon Trust since 2010 running Forest School training and wellbeing activities. He now combines running his own business with delivering our Level 1 Forest School training and school activities. Previously, Jon led a range of conservation groups in the Bristol area.

  • Jackie Roby

    Jackie Roby

    Forest School Leader (Level 3) Trainer

    Jackie is a qualified teacher, forest school leader and trainer, an outdoor first-aider and has a PGDip in Education. Jackie runs Go Wild Education and we have worked with her since 2014 to run our Forest School Level 3 training. Prior to this, Jackie has worked for many of Bristol's green institutions including the Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project, Bristol Zoo and the Wild Place Project.

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