About this woodland:

Set across 422 acres between Bristol and Bath, the Lower Chew Forest be the South West’s largest new woodland in a generation.

It will be home to 100,000 trees, as well as a mosaic of valuable habitats, including new wetlands, miles of hedgerow, and species-rich grassland. When put together with adjoining woodland, it will be bigger than the Downs (Clifton and Durdham) and Leigh Woods in Bristol, and twelve times the size of Royal Victoria Park in Bath. The Lower Chew Forest will be part of the Forest of Avon Community Forest.

About this woodland:

The Lower Chew Forest will be part of the Forest of Avon Community Forest.

The land also provides opportunities for us to explore regenerative food production and agroforestry.

Government analysis by the Environment Agency shows this new woodland, along with leaky dams and wetland habitat, would help reduce downstream flooding in local villages, Keynsham, and Bristol.

And of course, a new, large woodland offers significant health and wellbeing benefits for people, as well as great potential for education opportunities and skills development for the green economy.

Where is the Lower Chew Forest?

‘This really is the biggest opportunity in a generation for us to turn around the critically low percentage of woodland cover in our region, and create a forest-sized woodland. We have just 7.8% woodland cover in the West of England, compared to 13.2% average across the whole of the UK. The benefits of increasing this cover include helping to mitigate climate change, improving biodiversity connectivity and offering a place for people to volunteer, learn and connect with nature.”

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Tree planting at the Lower Chew Forest will commence in Winter 2024. More details to follow.

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Our funders

This purchase at Wick Farm has been made possible through an ambitious partnership which brings private finance, Trees for Climate grant funding, and community and business donations together.

We want to give a huge thank you to the 1000+ the generous individuals, organisations, and businesses who supported our fundraising campaign and helped us raise a phenomenal £171,955 towards the purchase of Wick Farm. This groundbreaking project has also been made possible thanks to grant funding from the Forest of Avon Trust via their Trees for Climate land acquisition fund, backed by Defra’s Nature for Climate Fund, and a loan provided by Triodos bank.

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