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Avon Wildlife Trust

The Avon Wildlife Trust is the largest membership-based wildlife organisation in the area, dedicated to promoting and protecting wildlife.


Filnore Woods

Filnore Woods Community Woodland provides a diverse range of habitats for wildlife, gives people a wild place to visit, and provides opportunities for education. The woods are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To find them, cross the field at the back of the Leisure Centre, the one with the skateboard park in it. The entrance is just beyond the new allotments. Click the link below to find out more.


Friends of Filnore Woods

Keeping Filnore Woods attractive for people and for wildlife needs a lot of work. Brambles, thistles and nettles are trying to take over the site and the grass needs cutting at least once a year to retain and promote the wildflowers. We rely on volunteers to do this valuable work. If you would like to get involved you can join the email list by emailing below or phone Jerry Dicker.

Tel: 01454 416945

Morton Bridge Wild-flower Meadow

The RHS award winning Morton Bridge Wild-flower Meadow was only seeded in late October 2016. It has been met by an amazing amount of local interest and support. The first year annuals made a great show in 2017 and the Meadow was awarded the RHS In Bloom's Monk Trophy for Best Native Planting in the South West of England.

Sown perennials now flowering include Red Campion, Knapweed, Oxeye Daisy, Ragged-Robin and Meadow Buttercup. Also self grown plug planting which includes Teasels, Foxgloves and Meadows Cranesbill. We also have some of the best yellow rattle the RHS judges have seen.

A particular triumph for 2018 was the Cuckoo Flower. Common in the surrounding streamside walk it had never appeared in the meadow, but this year appeared in abundance. It is a favourite of the Orange tip butterfly. The meadow was conceived to encourage our own native flowers and the various pollinators (Bees, Bugs and Butterflies) that depend upon them.

Do come and see the meadow on the streamside walk opposite the Anchor Inn on the other side of Morton Bridge. The blossoms are in bloom April until end of August when we cut the meadow.

We are keen to encourage others with their own local wild-flower projects. Please see our web page and if you would like advice, to volunteer or just to be kept informed e-mail and we will reply to you.


Owl Occasions

Mobile service to Thornbury, Yate and Sodbury areas
Tel: 07538 184934


Tel: 01454 294258

Richard Cornock - The Funky Farmer

New House Farm, Tytherington GL12 8QB
Tel: 07790 376910

Sustainable Thornbury

Sustainable Thornbury is a local community group, covering Thornbury and the surrounding villages.

Our aim is to promote the well-being of everyone living and working in the area, by promoting greater local self-reliance and a more cooperative and inclusive community.

Meetings are held regularly (approximately monthly) depending on current activities.


Thornbury Community Garden

Thornbury Community garden is a place of comfort, solace and relaxation for any person to spend time in. It’s the perfect place for meet-ups, to have lunch in, to bring the kids to have a run around or to just go to take a look. The garden is usually open 7 days a week - with natural surroundings that are kept immaculate by volunteer workers.

Upper Bath Road, Thornbury BS35 2LB

Thornbury Community Orchard

This is a small walled area between the stream and the footpath to the east of Gloucester Road, managed by Thornbury Orchard Group (TOG) under a volunteers agreement with South Gloucestershire Council.

The orchard contains several fruit trees including apples and a plum tree, some old, some new, plus soft fruit and a medlar tree.

Please enjoy its beauty, keep dogs on a lead and respect the fruit trees, soft fruit and wildlife. Please keep to the footpaths as we like to keep some areas wild to support biodiversity.

If you want to get more involved contact Thornbury Orchard Group by e-mail below.

The fruit will be ripe at various times in the summer and autumn. We sometimes leave surplus apples by the Orchard gate for people to take away. In August 2022 our noticeboard was erected by the gate and we use this to let people know which fruit is ripe and when.

Please do not pick if we have not said it is ripe and even than leave plenty of fruit for others. This is not a commercial orchard.

Early in the year we often thin out the fruit to stop the trees being over laden and allow fruit to mature properly without over crowding. If suitable we will leave some of this for visitors to take and cook for say apple sauce. This is not a signal that all the apples are ripe and ready to be picked it is just our normal management of the trees.

Web: www.sustainablethornbury.org/orch...

East of Gloucester Road, opposite the Anchor Pub, Thornbury

Thornbury Orchard Group

Orchard, Wildflower Meadow, Bee Bank & so much more!

Why not join out friendly local group who maintain this small area to promote biodiversity and benefit the local community? You will meet new friends, help the community and learn more about what we do. Click the link below to find more information on our website.

The group usually meets at least twice a month: on the first Wednesday and on the third Saturday of every month to maintain the Orchard and the meadow. Times and days do vary so it is best if you e-mail us first using the link below and ask to be included on our Work Party e-mail list.


Tortworth Forest Centre

Tortworth Forest Centre is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company which aims to improve lives by reconnecting people with nature, through conservation, wellbeing programmes, outdoor events, courses and volunteering opportunities.
The Centre is based at Tortworth Arboretum, a historically and culturally rich woodland. There is huge potential to bring this unique place back to use and to share it with people who want to learn about woodlands and develop outdoor skills - so get in touch if you want to be a part of it.

Tortworth Arboretum, off Tortworth Road, Tortworth GL12 8HH
Tel: 07717 201 329

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