Environment charity Avon Needs Trees has produced an illustrated children’s booklet on the history of the ancient Forest of Pewsham.

Bath-based illustrator Hannah Sackett created the booklet.

“I think that Avon Needs Trees are doing brilliant work,” said Hannah. “Planting trees and restoring woodland is incredibly important. I loved working on the booklet, and I’m very happy that it’s helping ANT’s fundraising.”

The booklet is printed on recycled paper using high quality vegetable inks.

“I teach primary school children in the Chippenham and Calne area,” says John Chew, Trustee of Avon Needs Trees.

“I’ll be using this booklet in my classes. It really is a work of art! We’re truly grateful to Hannah for her work on this.”

All funds raised go to Avon Needs Trees’ project at Hazeland, Ratford, where the charity has bought 34 acres of mixed habitat.

The charity is currently planting 10,000 trees and shrubs to help recreate one fragment of the lost Forest of Pewsham.

The charity wants carbon lock-up, improved biodiversity, natural flood management and green space for local people. It has also received a £1,000 donation from the Amazon fulfilment centre in Avonmouth. The donation will go towards the purchase of 19 acres of land at Seend, near Melksham, before Spring 2021.

Pat Faulkner, General Manager at Amazon Bristol, said: “We are proud to make a donation to this local initiative which is helping to build a more sustainable Bristol.”

Nikki Jones from Avon Needs trees added: “We would like to say a big thank you to Pat and the Amazon team. Almost all of Avon’s woodland has disappeared. This is disastrous for many reasons but mainly because trees are essential for combating climate change. This donation will help us work towards a greener future.”