We’ve received so much wonderful support from a number of brilliant local and green businesses and we wanted to let you know about a few of them.
We are delighted to have Natracare, manufacturer of organic, natural menstrual and hygiene products, as one of our major supporters.
Through 1% for the Planet, they first gave us £30,000 to help buy Hazeland, and have since contributed a further £10,000 to help us with our second land purchase.
Natracare only uses natural materials and organic cotton which stops plastics from going into our oceans, reduces damage to our soil, and protects cotton workers. That puts them right in line with our ethos and we’re thrilled to be getting this donation from them. Learn more about their ethical and environmental practices visit their website.
James Ellis Stevens
James Ellis Stevens Ltd, publisher of gift cards and personalised gifts and stationery, has been another fantastic supporter. They donated 100% of their takings from Black Friday 2020 to help us with our second land purchase – an amount that came to over £3,500!
This was on top of a donation of £1000 they made to help us buy Hazeland!
Anna Stevens also visited Hazeland in March 2021 to help install some dormouse boxes.
James Ellis Stevens Ltd runs two sides to their business. They publish greeting cards under the name James Ellis which they sell to shops locally in Bristol and Bath, around the UK and worldwide. Their best known range is Paper Shakies which is 100% recyclable. More details at www.jamesellis.com.
Made By Ellis manufacture personalised gifts and stationery including notebooks, photo albums, height charts, writing sets and stationery. Learn more through their website; www.madebyellis.com.
Many thanks to them!
We’re also delighted to be supported by Better Food, Bristol-based suppliers of the best local, organic and ethical brands available. Due to coronavirus, Better Food’s three Bristol shops have had to stop using reusable coffee cups in their cafes. In order to deter people from using disposable ones, they have added an extra charge to the cups, and are donating that extra cost to us! As of January 2021 this had already raised over £2000 and we hope this partnership will continue!
Better Food have also donated two gift hampers which we raffled off at fundraisers last summer. They have also allowed us to put our blue collecting boxes by the tills in their Whiteladies Road branch, which fill up wonderfully fast! Huge thanks to them for all of their support.
Thanks also to Achieve Breakthrough. They donated £2000 to help us buy Hazeland. Achieve Breakthrough is a personnel development company that helps people and organisations to grow, transform and thrive. Many thanks to Justin and all his team.
Aardvark arts and Crafts
The wonderful people of Aardvark Arts and Crafts gave £1000 to Avon Needs Trees in 2019 to offset some of their carbon emissions and help us buy Hazeland. Early in 2021 they donated another £500 towards the purchase of our second piece of land. 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. There’s also more information available online.
Mad Max Tours
Mad Max Tours do small group day tours to historic locations such as Glastonbury, Cheddar Gorge and Stone Henge, and in 2019 they made a very generous donation of £1000 to help us buy Hazeland! Thanks to Maddy and all her drivers.
Thanks also to Sustainable Kitchens, a kitchen-building company that has sustainability at the top of its agenda. Apart from its emphasis on the use of local and ethical timber, Sustainable Kitchens has generously supported Avon Needs Trees. Each kitchen sold includes a further donation to ANT. Many thanks to Zoe and the team.
Frome-based TBT Marketing contacted us in 2020 to ask if they could sponsor and plant twenty of our orchard trees as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations. TBT has ambitious aims to be carbon neutral by 2025 and is currently making good strides towards this goal, with tree planting making up just one part of the company’s sustainable future focused strategy. TBT is working with sustainability certification partners, Planet Mark, to ensure they are on track to make this happen, and they expect to have the results of their first full year of monitoring in mid-2021.
Boona Boona Coffee Roasters
Many thanks also to Boona Boona Coffee Roasters for choosing ANT to benefit from their sales. They have pledged to donate 5% of their profits each month to Avon Needs Trees, giving us very welcome monthly income! Many thanks to Jon Fowler and his team.
As well as donating towards our second land purchase, video-first recruitment specialists Vocaccio also provided us with free advice and recruitment services when we came to hire our new director. Many thanks to John, Jack and the team.
We were very happy to hear that flash memory experts Cardwave had chosen ANT to help them offset some of their carbon emissions in 2020. Cardwave provide world leading memory solutions to companies such as Ford, the Belgian Red Cross and the BBC, all out of their offices in Devizes. Thanks to everyone at Cardwave for their contribution.
EERUPT is a card company based in Bristol that specialises in birthday cards for teens and young adults. They’ve donated towards our next land purchase and James Burgess from the company has set up a recurring donation through our website. Big thanks to James and his team.
Room 212 and Alchemy 198
Sarah Thorp, owner of art gallery Room 212 and cafe/bar Alchemy 198, both on Gloucester Road in Bristol, has been a massive supporter of our project. She hosted a woodland-themed New Year’s Eve Party in 2019 in aid of Avon Needs trees at Alchemy 198, and has also played host to one of our Green Pub Quizzes.
Bristol Inclusive design and Development
In 2019 Bristol Inclusive Design and Development contacted us to say they were tired of people reserving free tickets to their seminars and then not actually attending, so they had decided to start changing everyone £1.50 through Eventbrite. However, they didn’t want to keep the money, so they decided to donate it to ANT to help us buy Hazeland. We love innovative fundraising strategies like this and are very grateful for all that was raised.
For more on BIDD and any upcoming events visit their page on Meet Up.
Neal’s Yard Remedies
Thanks to Neal’s Yard Remedies for kindly donating a wonderful selection of Bee Lovely products. Each of these has been getting raffled off at fundraising events we’ve organised lately and greatly helped to boost raffle ticket sales. See their website for more information.