We’re Buying Hazeland!

In November 2019 we submitted a bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund asking for a very significant sum of money to help us buy Hazeland. We were told that this particular fund was extremely competitive and we all worked very hard not to get our hopes up.

But then in early March we got the call saying we had been successful! The amount is transformative and will allow us to buy the land, manage it and employ a part-time administrator for three years to help organise lots of volunteering and biodiversity events on site.

This amount gives us a great deal of security, and a good base to expand with other land purchases so that we can really start to make an impact on the catchment.

Of course everything these days is being affected by coronavirus. Both teams of solicitors are able to work right now; however, the county records office is closed. It may be that completion of the purchase is delayed, but the vendor has kindly given us permission to conduct the spring and early summer biodiversity surveys anyway so that we can measure our impact going forward.

The vendor will also allow us onto the land in June to remove the Himalayan Balsam, an invasive species that can spread far and wide. We don’t want to miss the opportunity this Spring to bring it under control, but this of course is also virus dependent.

Huge thanks to everyone who has supported us! The hundreds of big and small donations you’ve made, the gift cards you’ve bought and your participation in our events means we have been able to demonstrate a high level of public support, which has made it possible to attract bigger pots of money. Particular thanks to Natracare, Richard Watkins and the private trust that have backed us, without whom this definitely wouldn’t have been possible, but also to all of you for your faith in us.

Postponed – Chris Goodall in Bristol and Chippenham

Sadly, due to the coronavirus situation we have had to postpone our events with Chris Goodall, economist and author of What We Need To Do Now.

Chris will now be speaking in Chippenham on October 12th and in Bristol on October 14th. Tickets for both events are available on Facebook or Eventbrite.

If you have already bought tickets for either event those tickets remain valid. If you are now unable to attend please try to pass your tickets on to someone else if possible.

If you do need a refund please note that for us the Eventbrite booking fee is non-refundable. This means we may lose a significant amount. We would really appreciate it if you would accept a partial refund, excluding the Eventbrite fee. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this.

Chris Goodall on What We Need To Do Now in Bristol and Chippenham

Avon Needs Trees is delighted to be hosting two events with economist and author Chris Goodall. The first will be in Bristol at the Wills Memorial Building on March 30th, and the second will be at Chippenham Town Hall on March 31st. Chris will be discussing his new book – What We Need To Do Now – and briefly explaining the options we have for avoiding 1.5 degrees of warming. This includes land use and reforestation, as well as cutting carbon from complex sectors such as aviation, clothing and steel production

Chris is one of the UK’s leading thinkers on these subjects and we’re so excited to be bringing him to the South West. We hope you’ll join us to hear Chris talk about the biggest ideas his book offers up, have your questions answered and pick up a copy of What We Need To Do Now for £9.99.

Tickets for the event in Bristol are available on Eventbrite and Facebook and cost £8 for adults and £3.50 for students.

Chippenham tickets are also on Eventbrite and Facebook and cost £5.

Waitrose Community Matters Support

Cheques have started coming in from the various Waitrose supermarkets that have been supporting Avon Needs Trees through their Community Matters scheme. Waitrose Chippenham have raised £160 and Waitrose Portishead raised £405! Thanks to everyone who voted to support us – we may have more Waitrose supporting us soon and if it’s one near you please do back us!

Two New Committee Members

We are delighted to formally announce that Water and Environmental Management lecturer at Bristol University Dr Claire Gronow and Bristol-based land-owner and experienced tree planter Gavin Spittlehouse have agreed to join our committee as permanent members. They both bring invaluable knowledge and experience and we’re delighted to have them on board!

New Years Eve at Alchemy 198

The wonderful Sarah Thorp is throwing a New Year’s Eve Party at Alchemy 198 on Gloucester Road, Bristol, and she’s encouraging everyone who attends to offset some of their carbon footprint with Avon Needs Trees.

There’ll be DJs playing a variety of music downstairs while upstairs will be a bit more chilled out. The party has a woodland theme so dress up as your favourite woodland creature (or tree!) or just enjoy the decorations. You can donate on the door or buy one of Sarah’s gift vouchers at the bar.

For full details go to www.facebook.com/events/442514903334358/