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Bristol Memorial Woodland Trust is a registered charity (number 1082094). Set up in 2000 with the aim of creating and preserving woodland areas for public benefit. The vision being that these woodland areas, in turn, become wildlife reserves and that is already happening.  

At present, the Trust holds or manages 100 acres of land in South Gloucestershire that is being transformed into public parkland, open to all and protected for the pleasure and benefit of future generations. The site will evolve into a mixture of woodland, glades and wildflower meadow. Study groups and seminars are encouraged. School parties and respite groups are welcome.  

At its heart is a chapel and reception buildings, within a closed garden. These were originally a collection of Georgian Tannery buildings. They have become a regional centre for funerals and wakes where families are given time to say an unhurried farewell, in complete privacy, to their loved ones.

Memorial Woodlands has recognised that interment at burial is far better for the environment than cremation. Burial plots here provide a tranquil resting place, with trees planted nearby as a memorial, where families may gather in nature to reflect, to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones. Burials at Memorial Woodlands are helping to create this woodland, creating reserves for nature and helping the environment where before there existed only the monoculture of a dairy farm.  

The planting of a commemorative tree is an ancient tradition. It is a symbol of continued life, strength and family connection. It gives relatives and friends a memorial to visit which they can enjoy watching as it changes over the seasons and years. 

The Trust owns the topsoil of the site to a depth of one metre. This enables the Trust to manage and control the evolution of the site into the nature reserve intended. A place of public benefit, for both pleasure and education. 

Bristol Memorial Woodland Trust owns all the trees and shrubs on the site and is solely responsible for planting and maintenance. Families may plant woodland and meadow bulbs and flowers to enhance the woodland further.


Bristol Memorial Woodland Trust relies for its income on donations and legacies from the public. Families, whose loved ones rest in the woodland are invited to make a donation for the future upkeep and legacy donations are welcome.


If you would like to help the Trust, or find out more, please contact the team on 01454414999 or at


The planting of a commemorative tree is an ancient practice steeped in tradition and meaning. It is a symbol of continued life, strength and family connections. It gives relatives and friends a memorial to visit which they can enjoy watching change of the seasons and grow through the years. Equally, it is a gift to the woodlands as they continue to grow and mature. Our trees are tended to and cared for by our onsite grounds team who, with great care and skill, work to create and to preserve our woodland.


For the public benefit to create and preserve woodland areas and to maintain and perpetuate the same by long rotations of planting and felling.

For the public benefit to conserve and protect all forms of wildlife in order to safeguard genetic diversity in woodlands and special nature reserves maintained by the trust and elsewhere.



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Christopher Hiatt Baker

Chris Baker is the founder and chairman of Bristol Memorial Woodlands. It is his vision that has instructed the creation of this 100 acre site. He and the other founding Trustees wished to ensure the preservation and ongoing management of Memorial Woodland, so established the charitable trust. Over the years Chris’s ideas and inventiveness have involved: bunjee jumping, skateboard play areas, microlight aircraft, the use of renewable energies in homes and variations on reeded musical instruments.


Hugo Ronald Allan Spowers

An engineer, working in the field of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles whose family developed Windlesham Arboretum. He has extensive experience in developing and maintaining large gardens, lakes and arboreta. Hugo has a keen interest in the preservation of indigenous flora and fauna.


Colin Robert Wilcox

A local farmer and the groundsman for Memorial Woodlands since its inception. Colin brings his unrivalled knowledge and skill in caring for the landscape, trees and shrubs to the Board. Colin brims with old fashioned common sense. He is also responsible for the preparation and maintenance of the graves.


Victoria Griffiths

Originally from the local community, Victoria has worked extensively throughout rural UK on renewable energy projects and has experience of running her own company in the wind energy industry. She holds a Masters degree in International Business and Development, she is currently completing an MRes in Energy Innovation specialising in the hydrogen value chain.