Finance Score: 8
Governance Score: 0
Support Score: 9
  • Liabilities <10%: +3
  • Strong growth: +2
  • Fundraising costs low: +3
  • No volunteer policy: -2
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Mainly male board: -1
  • Large volunteers +5
  • Grant maker support: +4
Overall GiG Score: 17 ?


Avon Needs Trees is acquiring suitable land in the Bristol-Avon Catchment Area tocreate new, permanent forest through reforesting and rewilding. We aim to lock upcarbon, improve biodiversity, mitigate flooding through natural means and to createopportunities for the public to engage with nature. Our first purchase was 34 acres atHazeland near Calne, where we have planted over 10,000 trees.
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  • This charity has been very successful in attracting volunteers relative to its size
  • This charity has a robust balance sheet
  • There has been strong growth in spending since inception
  • Fundraising costs are unusually low relative to funds raised
  • A significant proportion of recent income was derived from major grant makers including the Government
  • The Board appears to be dynamic in terms of composition

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • Although this charity works with volunteers it does not have a Volunteer Management policy
  • One or more trustees receive payments or benefits from the charity for providing services to the charity
  • The Board is predominantly male

Financial issues to consider:

  • Liquidity appeared to be in excess of CC guidelines at the latest year end but this has been generated by an income surplus in the latest year and spending has been increasing rapidly

Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
Cost £k
Funds £k
Funds £k
Staff Volun-
Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 0%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 0%
Highest pay band: Less than £60,000
Liabilities/Assets: 0%
Liabilities/Income: 0%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 34%
Reserves/Spending: 16.9 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 12 months
Quick Ratio: INF
Asset Split ?
Established: 5 years

0117 945 8730

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Listed activities
  • Environment/Conservation/Heritage
  • Recreation
GiG Classification
  • Land or water management
How it operates
  • Other charitable activities
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides buildings/facilities/open space
Where it operates
  • Bath And North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire,
Who it helps
  • The General Public/Mankind

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Specific Donations
Amount When
To be used for
Quartet Community Foundation - Grant to Avon Needs Trees
£544 30/05/2023
As requested by the donor towards the creation of new permanent woodlands
National Lottery Heritage Fund - Grant to Avon Needs Trees
£249,999 14/10/2022
The Great Avon Wood
Quartet Community Foundation - Grant to Avon Needs Trees
£683 03/05/2022
As requested by the donor towards the creation of new permanent woodlands
National Lottery Heritage Fund - Grant to Avon Needs Trees
£240,200 04/03/2020
Buying Hazeland: historic site of mixed habitat, to conserve and enhance natural and industrial heritage

Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (8)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split

Legal constitution
  • Charity registered in England & Wales on 12/07/2019, number: 1184386
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Bullying and harassment policy and procedures
  • Complaints policy and procedures
  • Financial reserves policy and procedures
  • Internal charity financial controls policy and procedures
  • Internal risk management policy and procedures
  • Investing charity funds policy and procedures
  • Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Serious incident reporting policy and procedures
  • Social media policy and procedures
  • Trustee conflicts of interest policy and procedures
  • Trustee expenses policy and procedures
Filing Record
4 returns made; all on time
Main office

1-3 Gloucester Road


The objects of the CIO are:1) The conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and naturalenvironment for the public benefit by the establishment and maintenance of trees,woodland and complementary habitats in such areas within the Bristol-Avoncatchment area as the trustees shall determine.2) To advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection andimprovement of the physical and natural environment including by promotingwoodlands as a means for the public to learn about wider environmental issues suchas: sustainability, climate change, ecology and the mitigating need for trees.For the purposes of this clause ‘the Bristol-Avon catchment area’ comprises the landidentified as such by the Environment Agency, covering catchments of all thewatercourses and their tributaries that empty into the stretch of the Severn estuarybetween and including, to the north, the mouth of the Little Avon near Berkeley inSouth Gloucestershire and, to the south, Sand Bay in North Somerset.

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
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