Forest Schools at Hazeland

During the Summer, Avon Needs Trees and experienced Forest School Leaders from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust offered FREE forest school sessions with a range of outdoor games, crafts and nature based activities over five Tuesdays in the summer holidays at our beautiful 34 acre site at Hazeland near Calne. Hazeland includes riverside meadow, ancient woodland and hillside meadows with views across the surrounding area and provided the perfect setting for a fun filled day with plenty to write home about. Below is a snippet of feedback from some of our attendees!

Feedback from the Forest Schools

(we) had the most amazing day at the forest school session today, the girls loved
the fire making, hot chocolate, exploring the wildlife and trying their best to catch a
butterfly. The guides were fabulous, very informative/knowledgeable and was always
keen to answer the children’s questions. The session ran smoothly and was
extremely organised, overall I was very impressed and wouldn’t hesitate to book
again. Lots of memories made’

‘Make the day longer! We loved it!’

‘This is heaven… just my children and me in nature making things together’

‘This is way better than I thought it would be!’
(9 year old participant)

Could THIS be our next new woodland

The ANT team are excited to share some news: we are close to purchasing our next piece of land to plant a new permanent forest!

It is a wonderful 6 hectare site with plenty of potential for tree planting. Located in Stanley, not far from Hazeland, our first purchase, it will make a wonderfully biodiverse habitat whilst sucking up that all important CO2. As ever we will be planting native species with an eye on our future climate and creating space for nature to thrive. We’ve also looked at how planting at Stanley will alleviate flooding.

With the planned expansion of Chippenham and thousands of new houses nearby a new forest is needed here more than ever before.

Ecological surveys have been conducted and we are now working with partners to be in a position to get the trees into the ground this autumn. The land is currently pasture and will be another small but vital step to increasing our national tree cover to fight climate change and halt biodiversity loss.

Our first purchase Hazeland was only made possible by the dedication and commitment of donors and volunteers who share our passion for trees and nature. We will be hoping to attract the same level of support on this purchase to enable its ongoing maintenance and management. Once confirmed we will be opening up registration for tree planting and care and hope to see you on the land!

Introducing our new Director

ANT is extremely pleased to announce the arrival of our new Director, Dave Wood. Dave brings strong management, fundraising and media skills and is a passionate environmentalist. He is committed to improving our catchment area in terms of carbon lock-up, biodiversity, natural flood management and public, green space. We look forward to his leadership of ANT towards more land acquisition and new, permanent woodland.