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Local charity Avon Needs Trees have announced they are running tree planting days this December to create a new permanent 10,000 tree woodland at Stanley Lane near Chippenham.

January TreeplantingThe charity recently purchased the site at Stanley Lane and are aiming to get thousands of  trees in the ground before Christmas. Members of the local community are now being invited to play a part in transforming the site into a thriving woodland which will tackle the climate emergency and boost biodiversity.

ANT Director Dave Wood says “It’s been an exciting time at ANT having just purchased our second site at Stanley Lane and gaining permission to plant a new permanent woodland. We are now aiming to plant thousands of trees on the site as early in the winter as possible and we would love to have all hands on deck to help make this happen!”

Avon Needs Trees registered as a charity in July 2019 and aims to buy land in the Bristol-Avon catchment area to create new, permanent woodland through planting and rewilding. It’s aims are to lock -up carbon, improve local biodiversity, provide natural flood management, and publicly accessible green space. In August 2020, they purchased their first site Hazeland, where they planted 10,000 native broadleaf trees and shrubs across two enormous pastures, allowing space for species rich grassland to flourish, as well as fifty orchard trees added for community benefit.

If you would like to find out more about  Avon Needs Trees and get involved in the creation of the new woodland, you can sign up for tree planting days on their website at https://www.avonneedstrees.org.uk/volunteering / .