Avon Needs Trees is buying land to plant and rewild, creating new, permanent woodland throughout the Bristol-Avon catchment area
Avon Needs Trees is a registered charity (No. 1184386) based in Bristol that is buying land in the Bristol-Avon Catchment Area to reforest and rewild.
Planting trees will sequester carbon from the air, enhance biodiversity and provide natural flood management, as well as water and air quality improvement, and more public amenity space.
ANT successfully registered with the Charity Commission in July 2019 and now has a board of professional and dedicated trustees who bring invaluable experience. In August 2020 ANT completed our first purchase – 34 acres near Calne, Wiltshire.
In December 2021, we became the official owners of our second site, Stanley Lane, near Chippenham and Calne. With the help of over 500 volunteers, by February we achieved our goal to plant 10,000 trees at the site. We are now actively looking for our third site.
We are supported by The Environment Agency, The Woodland Trust, The Bristol-Avon Rivers Trust, the local Wildlife Trust and the local Friends of the Earth groups, among others.
Almost all of Avon’s woodland has disappeared over the last few centuries. This is disastrous for many reasons but perhaps most pressingly because trees are essential for tackling climate change. Trees take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and protect the valuable soil beneath. By growing thousands of new trees we can take a significant step in the battle against a climate disaster.
Reforesting the catchment has multiple other benefits. It will provide natural flood management which is much more cost-effective than engineered flood defences. All of the towns and cities in the area, including Chippenham, Bath, Bradford-on-Avon and Bristol are greatly at risk of flooding, particularly as climate change advances.
Careful planting will also help enhance biodiversity and protect our water quality by reducing nitrogen runoff. In addition, land acquired will have open access to the public, providing valuable public space.