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Avoncliff Wood is now in our care

Thanks to your generous donations and support from Nationwide Building Society, we’ve taken this picturesque ancient woodland, along with 26 acres of adjacent land, into our expert care. We can also fund long term conservation work to protect the wood and benefit local wildlife.

Carpet of wild garlic at Avoncliff

Credit: Phil Formby / WTML

Ancient woodland stronghold

Plucked straight from the pages of a fairytale, Avoncliff is an enchanting wood just a few miles outside the historic city of Bath. Resting on the bank of the River Avon, this 48 acre ancient woodland is a true sleeping beauty.

Orange-tip butterfly on cuckoo flower

Credit: Richard Becker / WTML

Sanctuary for wildlife

Left undisturbed for generations, with no formal paths and little human intervention, the wood has flourished into a tranquil haven for wildlife. Swathes of ramsons carpet the woodland floor and greater horseshoe bats and orange-tip butterflies have been recorded here.

Visit for yourself

Ancient woodland with a carpet of wild garlic at Avoncliff

A Woodland Trust Wood

Avoncliff Wood

Avoncliff Upper Westwood

30.13 ha (74.45 acres)

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The future of Avoncliff Wood

Now that the wood is in our care, we're working to keep it special. Our plans include:

  • environmental surveys to fully assess the wood, and the wildlife and trees within it
  • helping the wood flourish in the face of ash dieback, a devastating disease present here and across the UK
  • planting trees on 26 acres of surrounding land to buffer the established wood and create a wildlife-rich mosaic of trees and open space
  • opening up access to parts of the woodland fringe, giving people the opportunity to explore and enjoy the wood
  • giving local villages and schools the chance to get involved by planting trees and shaping the future of their vibrant new wood.

Donate to our appeal

We can't do any of this without you. We have thousands more woods like Avoncliff, all over the UK, which we work tirelessly to care for and restore.

Your donation will help us keep woods open for people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive in, whatever you can give.