Dear all

Our board of trustees met for Avon Needs Trees’ Annual General Meeting 2022 last Friday. It’s not a grand occasion but an opportunity to take stock of our wonderful little charity’s progress over the year and discuss our plans for the future.

Highlights of the meeting included:

  • Acknowledging the fabulous work at Hazeland and Pudding Brook Wood, including planting 12,500 trees over the last season and caring for many thousand more in the spring and summer
  • A recognition that with the climate crisis really beginning to bite, particularly the record heatwave this summer, that we need to make our sites as resilient as possible
  • Discussing financial options to look after our sites into the long term, while staying true to our charitable purpose and objectives
  • Looking at plans for a major new site (by far our biggest yet), which we hope to complete the purchase of and announce in the coming weeks

But the main reason for this message is to express our gratitude to you, our fabulous volunteers and Volunteer Leaders, for everything you’ve done in 2022. You are the lifeblood of our charity and ANT simply couldn’t exist or achieve our mission without your immense contribution. From us all, a heartfelt thank you and we look forward to going from strength to strength with your support in 2023.

Finally don’t forget to follow us on social media, and look out for volunteering days coming up this autumn!

Very best wishes

Mark Funnell and the ANT Board of Trustees