We have permission to plant at Stanley Lane!

We are delighted to announce that we now have to permission plant a new permanent woodland at our upcoming second purchase Stanley Lane! This incredibly exciting news comes as we are just one week away from purchase and is a huge step forward in our journey to transforming the site into a thriving woodland which will tackle the climate emergency and boost biodiversity.

Director Dave Wood says “We’re thrilled to have permission to plant a new permanent woodland.  Getting permission to plant is the biggest step in planting a new woodland, checking that we are planting the right tree in the right place in the right way.”

“We are so close to purchasing this exciting site and hope to have the funds to purchase it next week.  We have been bowled over by the financial support we have received from businesses and individuals who are making this new woodland possible. Thank you.”

There is still a huge amount of work to be done to create this new permanent woodland, so if you would like to get involved in its creation, we will be announcing tree planting days for Stanley Lane in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to our mailing list and our social media for the latest updates.  If you would like to make a financial contribution to support our project, you can also donate via our website or by emailing contact@avonneedstrees.org.uk.

We would like to give a big thank you to Great Western Community Forest for their support and to People’s Postcode Lottery, Wiltshire Council, Chippenham Town Council and the many generous businesses and individuals who have given financial support.
Find out more about Stanley Lane here.

Countdown to our new woodland!

Stanley Lane site. Photo by Kevan Wind

It’s an exciting time at ANT as we are now on countdown, with 28 days left to get all the permissions in place and to ensure we have enough money in the bank to purchase Stanley Lane!

Director Dave Wood says, “Stanley Lane is a 6 hectare site located on the edge of the hamlet of Stanley, close to our first purchase, Hazeland. The site has great potential for tree planting and will make a wonderfully biodiverse habitat, whilst absorbing CO2 and helping to mitigate flooding. As ever, we will be planting native species suitable for a heating climate, and creating space for nature to thrive.”


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Hazeland has had a trim!

Hazeland riverside meadow

We are pleased to announce that the mowing of rides, glades and paths at Hazeland has been completed! This is a really important step in maintaining the open spaces which have been built into the design of Hazeland and which are key for a healthy woodland, for biodiversity to thrive and for access.

Rides are corridors of open space at the edge of woodland that encourage a range of different species to move in – the edges of woodland are where biodiversity is often at it’s richest. These spaces are also essential in enabling our staff, volunteers, and visitors to move around, for the management and enjoyment of the site.

Glades are open spaces within planted areas which let light and air in and which attract a variety of butterflies and other species.

It is important that open areas are cut once or twice a year, to strip nutrients that have built up from years of agricultural use from the soil. Over time, cutting will reduce the more vigorous grasses, leaving more room for other species such as flowering plants to establish along the rides. These in turn provide nectar for bees and other pollinating insects.  

The rides at Hazeland amount to a lengthy 2km, across sometimes difficult terrain, and this presented quite a challenge for the team. After much deliberation, they opted for mechanised grass cutting. Although cutting with scythes was considered, this was clearly too big a site for this traditional but time-consuming method. Having moved a fence and achieved the first hurdle of getting the machinery on site, they then had to work carefully to make sure nothing was damaged on the fragile site, which was still waterlogged in places.

We are thrilled to have secured the knowledge we need to complete this project, which is a really significant step in ensuring the careful management of our Hazeland site for access and biodiversity.