Bristol Tree Forum


Bristol Tree Forum (BTF) is a voluntary organization dedicated to promoting the planting and preservation of trees in the public spaces of Bristol.

Trees are important to the residents of all cities. Not only do they make our public spaces more attractive, they also bring major environmental benefits by reducing air pollution, flooding and the danger from summer heat-waves. They are known to improve our physical and mental well-being. They help to encourage outdoor activities and a have direct benefit on communities and an indirect benefit on the local economies. Street trees and those in car parks bring the most benefits.

Bristol is lucky to have a tree legacy left from the Victorians, but this needs maintaining and topping up. University studies show that a city needs approximately 30% of Green Infrastructure (GI) to be healthy and help mitigate against the negative impacts of climate change. Not only are trees a major part of Bristol’s GI, accounting for about 14% of its value, they are also an effective and natural way of helping us keep healthy and happy.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here is some more evidence.

Benefits of urban trees

Benefits of urban greening

Making Green Spaces Matter

The case for trees

Calls to green ‘concrete jungle’

The Importance of Urban Forests

BBC World Service – Can Trees Help us Fight Air Pollution?

What impact do trees have on air pollutant concentrations?

Panel 1

‘If we look up as we pass under a tree, we will see how the world is made.’

We are a group of volunteers dedicated to increasing the tree canopy cover of Bristol.

Why? Because tree cover brings so many benefits to an urban environment: a shared amenity, public health, economic growth, reduced pollution and flooding, wildlife, food and a better sense of well-being.

Some of the things we do…

  • Comment on Planning Policies and Applications.
  • Source funds for planting new and replacing existing trees.
  • Protect established & remarkable trees.
  • Find locations to plant new trees.
  • Link up with local community groups and other stakeholders and help them promote tree planting and protection.

We are not the only ones who love trees. Here are some others :

Trees of Bristol                             Bristol Parks Forum

One Tree Per Child                      One Tree Per Child – Facebook

Avon Wildlife Trust                     Forest of Avon Trust     

Woodland Trust                            Treeconomics 

The Street Tree                             Avon Gardens Trust      

Urban Pollinators Project           The Tree Register           

The Tree Council                         Birmingham Trees for Life

Trees for Cities                            Manchester City of Trees 

 PS. Please let us know if we have missed you out and we will gladly add you to the list.

Panel 2

Contact Bristol Tree Forum

If you would like to make contact with us or help the forum, please use this contact form. We will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Panel 3

Bristol Tree Forum blog