Bath and Bristol companies help Co-forest plant 10,000 new trees

By Nick Batten on 27 May, 2021

Tree-planting partnership Co-forest has announced the acquisition of its first site near Almondsbury in north Bristol.

The site, which is initially ten acres with the possibility of increasing this in the future, will be planted with approximately 10,000 broadleaf native woodland species and managed to sequester carbon and create new habitat for local wildlife.

Co-forest was initially conceived by Bath-based digital technology agency, Storm Consultancy and is an organisation on a mission to bring people together to create brand new forests near their town or city. Local companies and individuals from Bristol and Bath have combined forces to fund the purchase of the land at Almondsbury, to plant and protect the trees, and to manage the forest as it develops.

Co-founder Katrina Kelly said, “We’re thrilled to have secured this site for our first Bristol Co-forest. It gives us a lot of future opportunities – the companies and individuals that have contributed to this purchase will support its development into a forest, but we’re now asking other local organisations and people to get involved – if sufficient support comes forward, we can look to purchase additional adjoining land so we could make this new forest a lot bigger with their help! This is a great way for local organisations to contribute to carbon capture and biodiversity conservation, and those who want to can also get involved in planting days with their teams and build Co-forest into their staff wellbeing programmes.”

Storm Consultancy has since partnered with environmental experts including EcoWild, the Woodland Trust and others to assist Co-forest in the creation of its woodlands in an informed and sustainable manner.

David Kelly, Founder of Storm, said, “We wanted to mark our tenth anniversary in a way that created a legacy, gave something back to our community, and looked forward to a healthy future instead of back at our history. Tree planting was suggested and our team was keen. Soon our clients were told and many of them also wanted to get involved, and it became clear that employees around the region were encouraging their companies to join the project. We’re thrilled that this new land purchase in Almondsbury will allow the creation of a brand-new forest and would urge any companies in the area looking for a project like this to get involved in to check it out.”

You can learn more about Co-forest at coforest.co.uk, including how to pledge as an individual or on behalf of a company.

The new forest in Almondsbury will begin planting this autumn.