Great Avon Wood
Forest of Avon and Avon Needs Trees have announced our most ambitious project yet! Our two charities have worked together to jointly own over 100 acres of land near the village of Pensford. This project truly stamps Forest of Avon’s mark on the region and accelerates the charities' ambitious goal to double tree cover by 2050. Over the next three years, volunteers will help to plant and care for 40,000 trees supplied by the Woodland Trust as part of the Emergency Tree Fund.
Great Avon Wood was recently featured in The Guardian with a wonderful selection of photographs and words from Alex Turner (@alexcarlturner), who joined for a day of volunteer tree planting in February. Take a look at the article here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2023/apr/18/dig-in-how-to-build-a-forest-from-scratch-in-picture
About the Woodland
Great Avon Wood sits at the heart of two landscapes that are regionally important for nature’s recovery: the Limestone-Link and the southern border of the Dundry Downs. It will consist of three linked woodland sites and will create a mixed landscape including new woodland creation, natural regenerating woodland and open grassland.
As these green corridors continue to grow, Great Avon Wood will create essential habitat to local wildlife such as Chiff Chaffs, Barn Owls, Kites, and Kestrels, whilst the plan includes the care for the existing species rich grassland, which for butterflies and wildflowers to thrive. Also, from the 30 native tree species planned to be planted, Hazel, Hawthorn and Pedunculate Oak (to name a few), will be an important food resource for birds and mammals.
The new woodland will play an important role in the local area to reduce flood risk through natural flood management. This area has become prone to flooding due to an increase in extreme weather. Trees provide greater interception of rainfall, alongside root systems ultimately reducing the flow. As the new trees grow, they will help slow the rate that rainfall runs off the land into the River Chew, with long term benefits for local villages and towns.