Avon Needs Trees – Pro Bono Support

Free support brokered via LandAid’s partner, Savills, in the Pro Bono Programme has enabled Avon Needs Trees to learn about key employment law, be better placed to support their staff and volunteers, grow in confidence and further capacitate them as a small charity.


Bristol, UK

Avon Needs Trees (“ANT”) are a registered charity based in Bristol, focused on acquiring land in the Bristol Avon Catchment area to permanently reforest and rewild, establishing new, permanent woodland in the Bristol Avon river catchment area. They create woodland to lock-up carbon, engage the public with nature, improve biodiversity and strengthen natural flood management, as a response to the global climate and biodiversity crises.

Their mission is to create a patchwork of permanent, interlinked, bio-diverse, native woodland, across the whole catchment. The catchment has gone from being densely wooded in pre-industrial times, to only 8% canopy cover, well below the national average. This impacts on the ability of land to lock-up carbon and water and support a biodiverse ecology.

As a very small grassroots charity they do not have an internal human resources department or the funds to pay for this function from an external HR agency.

After reaching out to LandAid’s Pro Bono team they requested initial support with:

  • Establishing a HR Policy.
  • Ongoing ad hoc support with issues around human resourcing.

LandAid’s Pro Bono Team connected Avon Needs Trees with Savills internal HR department for an initial consultation, followed by an ongoing ad hoc advice as and when they need it.

This support has enabled the organisation to feel more confident in their HR policies and processes, alongside being able to support their staff in a more structured and professional manner.

The support provided will really help to help us to establish key HR policies, improve employer experience and deal with any difficult situations that could occur.
Judith Gordon, Operations Manager at Avon Needs Trees