Clive Stevens, chair of BristolTreeForum writes: Dear Friends of Bristol’s trees – I'd like to draw your attention to four things:
1) Where are you? Now the Mayor has endorsed our tree planting plan we need to start activity in local neighbourhoods. To that end could you email me back please just to let me know which area you live in? e.g. Hengrove or Bedminster etc… So we can get a feel of where we are strong and less so – thanks. And if you are on a community group e.g. Parks or Amenity society then tell me too.
2) Bristol Festival of Nature: TreeForum sharing stand with Parks’ Forum at Bristol Festival of Nature (Harbourside this coming weekend 10 – 5 Sat & Sun).
3) Bristol Civic Society talk: I am giving a talk on Wed 18th at 7.30 (Friends Meeting House, Hampton Road, Redland). TreeForum members (that’s all of you) can come in for just £2 (normal rate £5) if you email me and get a special voucher. You might ask why should you pay £2 to hear me when its free normally. Good point, I can only say that Frank Drake behind the new book Trees of Bristol will be speaking too and he must be worth at least £1.99.
More details for this meeting:
CIVIC SOCIETY BIG GREEN WEEK EVENT : The Trees of Bristol - A Beautiful Solution to Some Ugly Problems: Tony Darpino, Frank Drake and Clive Stevens
Bristol is full of trees, some planted by former benefactors, some are remnants of fine gardens now vanished, others naturally seeded by insects or birds or the wind. Bristolians live cheek-by-bark with their ‘daily forest’, so familiarly that it can easily pass unnoticed. Our speakers will raise your consciousness of the poetic and aesthetic aspects of Bristol's trees and then show how improving our urban tree canopy could also make a significant contribution to mitigating the effects of climate change and to improving public health. Finally, they will show how you can make a difference in an arboreal vision for the future.
Tony D'Arpino is a San Francisco poet and writer now living in Bristol. He was a forest explorer from early youth. His first book of poetry was entitled The Tree Worshipper. Other books include The Shape of The Stone, Seven Dials, Greatest Hits, and Floating Harbour. His poem 'Pero's Bridge' appears in the current anthology The Echoing Gallery: Bristol Poets and Art In The City (Redcliffe Press).
Frank Drake left school at 14 and retired shortly afterwards to travel and work all over the world. His CV encompasses starting Bristol’s cinema club ‘The Filmpit’; Official Photographer for WOMAD in "Sounds of Music" (Tangent Books); collaboration on "Advanced Portrait Photography" (Blandford Press); the first graffiti exhibition, Arnolfini Gallery ; and "The Pyramid" – a substantial sculpture representing free speech and sustainability to be erected in Belfast 2015. He now has a BA and is working on an MA.
Clive Stevens is chair of Bristol’s Tree Forum, a volunteer organisation in its sixth year. It is dedicated to improving our urban tree canopy to mitigate the effects of climate change and to improve public health. Clive is also a businessman, angel investor and a part time lecturer at Bath University’s Engineering Department. In his spare time he reviews every single planning application in Bristol and will comment if it affects trees.
Wed June 18th 7.30 pm , Friends Meeting House, 126 Hampton Rd, BS6 6JE
Non-members £5 Members £2 (voluntary) Booking Not Required
4) TreeForum Meeting: 30th June, City Hall 18.05 prompt to 20.00. We will be going through the Mayor’s endorsement of our work, attempts to work in partnership with the council, the latest on valuing the benefits of trees (iTree study in North Somerset) and other initiatives. Let me know if you have any local news I can read out at the beginning.
All the best and don’t forget to tell me where you are – Thanks – Clive