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Welcome to the latest charity news.  


A busy three months planting trees, training volunteers, running wellbeing activities and delivering Forest School training. 


More widely, National Community Forests have secured funding from Defra for a school engagement and planting programme. This is not only great news for primary schools across Avon but also because it represents a renewed commitment by a Government agency to the role that Community Forests can play. Our thanks to Paul Nolan OBE for leading on this.   


Also associated with more far- sighted thinking, we are now very hopeful that Defra will contribute to a consultancy study setting out how National Community Forests can be sustained in to the long-term, in the context of the forthcoming 25- year Environment Plan.         


Please read on for a summary of the charity's most recent work.  


Jon Clark, Executive Director, 28th April, 2017.


Our recent work has included

Image above: appreciation of Anna Brunton's tree planting work.

Over the last 3 months our work has included:

  • Delivering the first phase of our 2017 accredited training programme, we are also very pleased to be working with the Forestry Commission at Westonbirt to run two Outdoor First Aid courses for their staff in May;  
  • Running the Woodland Skills project for adults with learning disabilities at Splatt's Abbey Wood, funded by the Quartet Community Foundation;
  • Agreeing a further Dementia Wellbeing project and a new Forest Friday project as part of our wider Woodland Wellbeing programme; (details in future updates);
  • Promoting free tree packs to 74 primary schools in Bristol and Avon for the Woodland Trust. So far, 21 schools have taken up the packs; 
  • Starting to review tree planting opportunities in primary school grounds in Avon and Swindon for the Defra funded school planting scheme (linking nicely with the Woodland Trust work above). So far, 11 schools have been visited and 850 trees planted;
  • Completing the final phase of the Colliter's Wood planting, adjacent to the South Bristol Link Road.  1,000 trees were planted this year by 25 OVO and UWE volunteers linked to OVO's I Dig Trees project;
  • Planting school orchards at St. Stephen's Junior and Park Primary Schools in Kingswood, supported by the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire; adding to 10 funded by Western Power Distribution this winter/ spring; 
  • Working with the Friends of Page Park and South Gloucestershire Council to fund 33 feature trees in this important park in Staple Hill and planting others in Felicity Park in Warmley. Thank you to the South Gloucestershire Council New Homes Bonus for funding this;
  • Delivering the Woodland Skills project funded by the OVO Foundation. Recent activities have included the planting at Colliter's Wood and training days at Manor Woods (Malago Valley), Stockwood and Ridge Wood (Yate). A big thank you to the 3 UWE volunteers who helped with these;
  • Laying half of the roadside hedgerow at The Retreat community woodland, funded by a Big Lottery Awards for All grant, one of many places we work;
  • Starting our veteran trees project for North Somerset & BathNES funded by The Mercers' Company; and
  • Continuing to grow our presence on Twitter (3,268 Followers) and Facebook and through posting regular tree and woodland news on our website (curated by Emeritus Professor Bill Scott), extending knowledge of our activities and services.

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