Waitrose is Supporting ANTs

Avon Needs Trees is one of the chosen charities being supported by local Waitrose super markets! Right now if you shop in Waitrose Chippenham you can cast your vote for ANTs to get a larger share of £500 and in December shoppers at Waitrose Portishead can vote for us to receive a larger share of £1000!

This is all thanks to our supporters going into these shops and nominating us by filling in simple forms and handing them in instore. Please, if you shop in any Waitrose around our region please get one of these forms and fill it in – it could make a big difference. Thank you!

£150,000 from a Family Trust

Fantastic news! A family trust is granting Avon Needs Trees £150,000 to help us buy Hazeland! We’re truly grateful and thrilled that so many generous individuals see the potential of this project as we do.

Combined with the many other donations we have received, we believe we will be in a position to apply for match funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund this November. It’s a very competitive fund, but if we’re successful, we will be able to buy Hazeland next spring.

There is one other option – which is why we still need your help, and why we are particularly interested in finding more companies that might be interested in supporting us. If we can raise another £120,000 from supporters, we will be able to bid into a much less competitive ‘pot’ of funds. Our chances of getting Lottery money will be greatly increased.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our crowdfunder or donated through our website. We still have lots of ANTs Gift Cards available at – every £2.50 buys us a square metre of Hazeland so give the tree-lover in your life the gift of permenant forest.

Carbon Offsetting – Aardvark Arts &Crafts

The wonderful people of Aardvark Arts and Crafts have given £1000 to Avon Needs Trees to offset some of their carbon emissions. This is the first time a business has used us to offset and we hope it won’t be the last. Thanks to Lynn and Nick for their contribution. If you’d like to check them out their store is in The Corn Exchange by St Nicholas’s Market in the centre of Bristol.

If you or your business is considering offsetting please check out our policy at

Serious Flooding in Bristol

The Bristol Post and others are reporting serious flooding in many parts of the city as several big rivers burst their banks.

This is ‘tidal lock’ – a very high tide along with heavy inland rain fall means there’s nowhere for the water to go.

This is why we need more natural flood management in the high catchment area. We can’t stop the tides but we can slow the flow down into our cities.

Upcoming Event – Nature Walk around Bristol, 22nd September 2019

A fun and relaxed led walk through some of Bristol’s under-explored natural areas. We will begin at St Werburgh’s City Farm at 10:30am, walk across Purdown and Stoke Park to Snuff Mills, and then on to Frenchay. We will stop for lunch at the White Lion (not included) but feel free to bring a picnic if you would rather. After lunch we’ll walk back through the woodland of Stoke Park. The whole walk will be about 7 or 8 miles.

Writer and researcher Nikki Jones and Shaun Waycott from Avon Wildlife Trust will be leading the walk and they’ll be able to answer your questions about the flora and fauna we find. Also water and environmental management lecturer at Bristol University Dr Claire Gronow will be talking about the history and management of the Frome river.

Full details on Facebook and Eventbrite.

A Big Hug from the Woodlands Trust

We were thrilled to have Jon Attwood from The Woodland Trust visit Hazeland recently. He has given us lots of ideas on how to plan for forest schools and family and special access days. Now we know exactly where we’ll need clearings, access points and compost loos!

It was extraordinary to see the extent of natural rewilding in two of the fields since the current owner has removed his sheep. Alder trees, in particular, seem to be springing up everywhere and Jon was surprised by the lack of deer damage and recent new growth. We even got time for some tree-hugging – for measurement purposes of course!