Families from across the Bristol and Bath area are being invited to take part in planting a new carbon-offsetting forest near Almondsbury.

The new forest is the result of work by local organisation, Co-Forest, which is bringing together likeminded individuals and organisations to plant new forestry.

“We have been hard at work negotiating the purchase of land for our very first Co-forest site, and we can now confirm that we’ve secured a fantastic location near Almondsbury in Bristol,” explained Katrina Kelly, Co-founder of Co-forest. “Thanks to our generous supporters, we’re planning to plant around 10,000 trees this coming winter season, a target we’ll be hoping to grow in future years.

“We are really excited to start planting – in Britain the tree planting season usually starts in late autumn and runs through until early spring. Getting trees into the ground during the winter months gives them the very best chance of survival. 

“Our new site will see us converting poor-quality, over-grazed ex-agricultural land into a biodiverse forest. During a recent ecological survey of the site, we were told by the surveyor that our plans would ‘significantly improve’ the area for wildlife.  

“As a mother, I am keen to involve my two children in the planting of a forest they’ll be able to enjoy as adults and hopefully one day bring their own children to. I would love other families to join us, so we’ll be running a number of family planting days at the site for all ages to get involved and have a go at creating a legacy.

“The great thing about tree planting is that you don’t need to be strong or big – little hands are great at placing saplings, wrapping tree guards and laying mulch – and learning all about our native trees and woodlands in the process.” 

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