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raised of £500 target by 71 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,575 to help Avon Needs Trees buy land in Seend

    Seend, Wiltshire
    Funded on Tuesday, 9th March 2021

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    UPDATE 2nd March 2021: I'm very sad to announce that Avon Needs Trust are unable to go ahead with the purchase of land at Seend. Here's their note:

    Unfortunately trustees have decided not to go ahead with the purchase of the land at Bollands Hill. This is because a routine archaeological survey of the land showed evidence of potentially significant "magnetic anomalies". These could indicate buried heritage, possibly Roman or Medieval. If we bought the land now we would have to pay a minimum of £25,000 for investigatory archaeological work, and if that returned even more results we would open up the charity to potentially enormous obligations. The only alternative would be to limit our planting to two hectares of trees - less than a quarter of what we had planned - which represents poor value for our funders and supporters.

    It has been an extremely difficult decision and trustees consulted with a very wide range of experts and professionals in the field. We're going to be looking for other pieces of land we can buy and we would love to hear from anyone who knows of local plots coming onto the market.

    If anyone would like a refund then please do get in touch via my email address at

    UPDATE: buying land can be a tricky business and this week Avon Needs Trees let me know that the purchase process may have hit a snag relating to possible archaeology on the site (I don’t have any details to give at the moment). ANT are working very hard to resolve the issue in such a way that protects all interests. We’ll know more over the coming days and weeks. With this in mind you may want to hold off sponsoring me if you haven’t already - I’ll keep my JustGiving page open after my ‘tree run’ next weekend.

    Avon Needs Trees is an excellent charity who work with academic and conservation partners and they will use any of our donations for a similar scheme in our region if the land at Seend is unable to go ahead.

    For those who have already sponsored me, thanks you so much! It’s amazing to have made it to £1k. Hopefully the land purchase at Seend will go ahead, but if it doesn’t then I will offer a refund at that time.

    I'll be covering the JustGiving processing costs so that 100% of your generous donations will reach Avon Needs Trees.

    My story and more about the project

    I'll be running 10k on 27th Feb dressed as a tree (I'm not sure quite how I'm going to do this yet) to help raise funds for Avon Needs Trees who have an option to buy 19 acres of land in the heart of Seend and create a forest, a community orchard and meadow (land outlined in red in the map below).

    They are not far off raising the funds they need by spring but still need further support. They hope to have acquired the land by this summer so that a pond can be created, basic biodiversity studies performed and preparations made for planting approx 10,000 native broadleaf trees and around 100 orchard trees in the winter.

    The main aims of this project are to lock-up carbon, improved biodiversity and create a beautiful public space. Avon Needs Trees are supported by the Environment Agency, the Woodland Trust, the Bristol-Avon Rivers Trust and the Wildlife Trust.

    Our community will be be stakeholders in this project and Avon Needs Trees will encourage volunteers to help with the development and long term management of this space.

    I'll be doing the run, covered in twigs, leaves and branches around a route in our local villages. If you have any ideas for how to create my costume let me know!



    • Jo McManus9 months ago
      Jo McManus

      Jo McManus

      9 months ago

      Woohoo! I did it! Had lovely weather and my costume didn't fall apart. Thanks SO MUCH to everyone who has sponsored me and supported this great local charity. Please check this page for updates on the land purchase.

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    • Jo McManus10 months ago
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      Jo McManus

      10 months ago

      I'm all ready for Saturday. Here's my route! I'll be starting at 10:30am.

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    • Jo McManus10 months ago
      Jo McManus

      Jo McManus

      10 months ago

      I've been trying on bits of my tree costume (eeek)

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    Page last updated on: 3/8/2021 08.21



    • Jo Henderson

      Jo Henderson

      Mar 8, 2021



    • Nick Wiltshire

      Nick Wiltshire

      Mar 8, 2021

      Well done!


    • Bron


      Feb 28, 2021

      Well done Jo


    • Becci and Ian

      Becci and Ian

      Feb 28, 2021

      Woohoo! The best looking tree I’ve ever seen!


    • The Todhunters

      The Todhunters

      Feb 28, 2021

      Well done


    • Karen Cubberley

      Karen Cubberley

      Feb 27, 2021

      Fantastic effort, Jo. Even better than the elephant costume!


    • Katherine


      Feb 27, 2021

      Only you could dress as a tree 🌲. Bloody brilliant


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