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.

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Non-Uniform Day at St Stephen’s Primary School

We were delighted to hear the children of St Stephen’s Primary School in Bath were having a mufti day in support of Avon Needs Trees! Everybody paid a pound to come to school in their home clothes, with all of the money going to our campaign to buy Hazeland. They even planted a few trees in the school grounds! We hope to see them planting many more trees next year at Hazeland!

Thanks very much for the support!

Monthly Guided Nature Walks

We’ve had so much fun this year hosting guided nature walks in Bristol and the surrounding area for our supporters. In December we had our fourth walk of 2019 – this one started and finished at the Clifton Suspension Bridge and took in Leigh Woods, Abbots Poole, The 50 Acre Wood and Ashton Court Estate.

Thanks to everyone who’s attended and special thanks to Shaun Waycott of The Avon Wildlife Trust for being our expert ecologist on each walk.

We’ll be back with more walks in 2020 and we intend to start bringing them to other parts of the region besides Bristol. Hope to see you there!

£10,000 from Richard Watkins

Like many of us businessman Richard Watkins was considering buying land of his own to plant trees. But, again like many of us, he realised the long term implications and management might be too much. So he has made a very generous donation to Avon Needs Trees and we’ve agreed to name one section of the new woods after his family – Watkins Woods. He will know he’s left a legacy and we’re a big step further forward!

If you would like to discuss a similar arrangement please do get in touch.