We have made a donation to Avon Needs Trees, a charity set up to buy and reforest land in the Bristol-Avon catchment area. Our donation will help fund the purchase of 34 beautiful acres at Hazeland between Chippenham and Calne. Hazeland is a fragment of the ancient forest of Pewsham and crucially the land is close to Spye Park on the Bowood Estate. Spye Park is an important site for breeding woodland birds such as the buzzard, redstart, nightingale and tree pipet. Buying Hazeland gives Avon Needs Trees the opportunity to offer new and improved habitat to these endangered birds – as well as to several species of protected bat and woodland butterfly.
Planting more trees in the River Avon high catchment area, of which Hazeland is a part, not only helps protect nearby towns from flooding but will also help stop excess water entering rivers, thus protecting towns and cities further downstream.