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 was a biologist and botanist before training to be a Forest School leader. Nicola delivers our expanding Woodland Health and Wellbeing programme, running woodland activities tailored to the needs of people with dementia, learning difficulties and mental health issues.

  • 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.

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    Carrie Browne

    Finance and Admin Officer

    Carrie manages our finances and office management, leading the introduction of us all to our new office space in Lockleaze! 

  • Joe Cusworth

    Joe Cusworth

    Woodland Management Officer

    Joe has recently joined us 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 training and running woodland activities with the Trust for many years. Rachel and Nicola are developing and growing their work and capacity across the region, recently being awarded funding for a project for those living with dementia and their carers in South Gloucestershire. 

Consultants

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.

Patrons