Can you help us find our next piece of land?

Pudding Brook Wood by Daisy Brasington

We are appealing for help to find our next piece of land to plant a new woodland and are calling for landowners who would like to sell land or partner with ANT to get in touch!

ANT’s Director Dave Wood said “Following two incredibly successful projects in Wiltshire planting 22,000 trees, we are excited to be searching for our next piece of land! We are in a climate and ecological emergency so we need to work quickly to increase woodland cover. However, it is really important to us that the new woodlands benefit local communities and that we work together with the local agriculture and landscape in mind, planting the right tree in the right place. If you are a landowner and interested in working with us or hearing more about what we do, please get in touch!”

Farmer and ANT volunteer Tara Castle says “I initially got involved with ANT when they purchased their first site, which neighbours my farm. As a landowner and wildlife enthusiast myself I understand the importance of mitigating the biodiversity and climate emergencies we are facing in a way that works collaboratively with local communities and with agriculture. ANT does exactly that so I would encourage landowners who are interested to get in touch. Agriculture will be adversely affected by these emergencies more than most industries. Working with ANT is a great way to make a positive contribution.”

If you would like to get in touch, please contact Director Dave Wood at dave.wood@avonneedstrees.org.uk.

We finally have a name for Stanley Lane!

Photograph by Daisy Brasington

We are pleased to announce the new 10,000 tree permanent woodland at Stanley Lane is now named Pudding Brook Wood, after the historic name of the stream that runs along the edge of the new woodland.

ANT’s Director Dave Wood said “After all the hard work to purchase and plant the site, we wanted to give the new woodland a name that linked to its history. We discovered from studying old maps that the stream was called Pudding Brook from the mid 1800s. As we plant trees to help alleviate flooding it seems fitting to name our new woodland after the local stream.”

Huge thank you again to everyone who donated and gave their time to make Pudding Brook Wood happen!

Join our volunteer list to be the first to know when volunteer dates for Pudding Brook Wood are announced: https://www.avonneedstrees.org.uk/volunteering/.

Our new woodland at Stanley Lane has now been planted!

Volunteers at Stanley Lane. Photograph by Daisy Brasington

“Over the course of 40 days, we have had over 500 volunteers plant thousands of trees to create the new permanent woodland to help fight the climate crisis and create vital space for nature and biodiversity to thrive.

A huge thank you to everyone who gave their time to join us on site, we have been truly bowled over by the response and we could not have achieved this without your help.We are also grateful to the specialists who helped us design and implement our planting plan, along with the many companies, organisations, trusts, councils and individuals who helped fund this project.

We are now actively looking for our next piece of land and would like to hear from landowners who would like to sell their land or partner with ANT to create a new permanent woodland.” – Dave Wood, Director of Avon Needs Trees

We will be running volunteer days in future for the ongoing management of Stanley Lane, as well as plenty of days planned over February and March for tree planting and other conservation tasks at our Hazeland site.

Stanley Lane is ours and tree planting is underway!

Tree planting at Stanley Lane. Photograph by Nick Murry.

In December 2021 we became the official owners of our second site, Stanley Lane!

This was only made possible by the dedication and commitment of donors and volunteers who share our passion for trees and nature. We have been bowled over by the support we have received and we would like to give a big thank you to everyone who has helped us so far – we could not have done it without you!

We are now in the exciting process of transforming the site into a new 10,000 tree permanent woodland and you can help! Our volunteers have been working hard helping us get as many trees in the ground as possible over the course of December and we have plenty more days planned over January.

What better way to start the new year than helping plant a new permanent woodland to help fight the climate crisis and create a vital space for nature? Sign up below!

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.

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.