A Tudor House built for the pleasure of Henry VIII
Acton Court is believed to be the most original Tudor house in Britain. The East wing was built by Nicholas Poyntz in 1535 for a weekend visit by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
Acton Court will open to the public from 6 July to 13 August 2016, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Full access to the house and grounds is with a professional guide only. There are a number of special events throughout the season; please check the website below for details.
Latteridge Road, Iron Acton BS37 9TL
Tel: 01454 228224
The Avon Wildlife Trust is the largest membership-based wildlife organisation in the area, dedicated to promoting and protecting wildlife.
Filnore Woods Community Woodland provides a diverse range of habitats for wildlife, gives people a wild place to visit, and provides opportunities for education. The woods are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To find them, cross the field at the back of the Leisure Centre, the one with the skateboard park in it. The entrance is just beyond the new allotments. Click the link below to find out more.
Keeping Filnore Woods attractive for people and for wildlife needs a lot of work. Brambles, thistles and nettles are trying to take over the site and the grass needs cutting at least once a year to retain and promote the wildflowers. We rely on volunteers to do this valuable work. If you would like to get involved you can join the email list by emailing below or phone Jerry Dicker.
Tel: 01454 416945
The group has been created to conserve, monitor, maintain, promote and protect Thornbury's Medieval Fishponds. The aim is to preserve the site so that it continues to support a wide range of flora and fauna, and to ensure that the archaeological aspects of the site are protected. For more information, please contact Dave Rowley:
Tel: 01454 412941
We have a very active nestbox team carrying out site and habitat surveys, nestbox manufacture, installation and monitoring. We have nearly 200 nestboxes in our area.
The South Glos group attends numerous school fetes, open days and conservation events through the year to help promote the work of the Trust and to encourage new membership.
Outdoor Dads is a group for dads and male carers to have an adventurous day in the woods with their kids. We light fires, cook lunch, explore the woodland and play games, build dens, use hand tools and much more. Spend quality time learning new skills with your children in the beautiful woodland at Tortworth.
We meet on the third Saturday of the month 10.30am–2.30pm. Booking is essential.
Based at Tortworth Forest Centre, Tortworth Arboretum, Tortworth GL12 8HH
The RSPB website has lots of useful information, including an excellent A-Z guide to UK birds.
Thornbury Community garden is a place of comfort, solace and relaxation for any person to spend time in. It’s the perfect place for meet-ups, to have lunch in, to bring the kids to have a run around or to just go to take a look. The garden is usually open 7 days a week - with natural surroundings that are kept immaculate by volunteer workers.
Upper Bath Road, Thornbury BS35 2LB
Tortworth Forest Centre is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company which aims to improve lives by reconnecting people with nature, through conservation, wellbeing programmes, outdoor events, courses and volunteering opportunities.
The Centre is based at Tortworth Arboretum, a historically and culturally rich woodland. There is huge potential to bring this unique place back to use and to share it with people who want to learn about woodlands and develop outdoor skills - so get in touch if you want to be a part of it.
Tortworth Arboretum, off Tortworth Road, Tortworth GL12 8HH
Tel: 07717 201 329