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Taunton Leisure – Bristol to support Avon Wildlife Trust in 2019/20

Published: 3rd May 2019 10:59

STAFF at an outdoor pursuits clothing and equipment store in Bristol have chosen for the coming 12 months to support a charity that protects wildlife in the West of England area (May 2019).

Bedminster-based Taunton Leisure – Bristol has selected Avon Wildlife Trust (AWT) as its charity of the year and will be helping raise funds and awareness for it, including participating in its 30 Days Wild event in June.

Braam Van Der Walt, Store Manager at Taunton Leisure – Bristol, said: “We’re delighted to announce that we’ve selected AWT as our charity for 2019/2020.

“The charity undertakes invaluable work, caring for nature reserves, from ancient bluebell woods to Iron Age forts, nationally important wetlands, and wildflower meadows. It also runs award-winning educational and community programmes, as well as working with landowners in the wider countryside, to reduce the decline in wildlife by creating a living landscape.”

AWT is the largest charity working to protect wildlife in the West of England area, formerly the County of Avon – Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

“Throughout the year we’ll be raising awareness of the wonderful work it does and, also, raising funds. We will have donation boxes, as well as regular volunteers in-store to sign interested people up to join AWT for a monthly donation.”

AWT is part of The Wildlife Trust movement. There are 47 independent Wildlife Trusts across the whole of the UK, the Isle of Man and Alderney. With 825,000 members, The Wildlife Trusts are the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the whole range of the UK’s habitats and species on land and at sea.

Each Wildlife Trust is an independent charity, which is deeply-rooted within the communities where it was formed. AWT was established in 1980 as one of the first urban Trusts in the country.

It leads conservation work by taking an innovative approach to wildlife recovery on a landscape scale, to increase biodiversity in the wider environment. It wants to inspire people about the natural world so that they value it, understand their relationship with it and take action to protect and restore it.

Calum Edser, a spokesperson for AWT, said: “It’s wonderful we’ve been chosen as Taunton Leisure – Bristol’s charity of the year for the next 12 months.

“We are excited to be working with such a well-respected local business who can also help to raise awareness of the activities and services we provide.”

One of the initiatives Braam and the team at Taunton Leisure – Bristol will be getting involved with is AWT’s 30 Days Wild 2019 in June, which is a family orientated campaign aimed at encouraging people to do 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness.

Braam added: “We’ll be participating in maintenance work in the reserves, as well as collecting rubbish in the Avon Gorge. We will be going for a walk on the Mendip Hills after work and doing a few runs in Leigh Woods and the Black Mountains, so that we can help raise awareness with our customers of the work of the AWT and other Wildlife Trusts not far from us.”

Taunton Leisure on Bedminster Parade in Bedminster, Bristol is an independent, family-run, Westcountry retailer and has been helping its customers get the right clothing, footwear and outdoor leisure equipment for decades.

From walking boots to climbing shoes or tents to outdoor cookware, it supplies more than 3,500 products online or in-store and has friendly knowledgeable staff on hand to offer expert advice too.

Customers travel specifically to visit the store, as it is well known and respected for its specialist expertise and skills.

The Bristol store has experts in camping, especially cycle touring and backpacking, on the team. It also offers expertise in hiking, climbing and trail running and offers a boot fitting service. It has close links with many of the city’s rambling groups too.

From May 18 until 19, 2019 it is hosting a free Tent Show at St Katherine’s School, Pill Road offering people the chance to see equipment in its natural environment – the great outdoors.

The event will include one of the largest ranges of tents in the South West on display, including family, lightweight and bell tents, as well as tipis.

Taunton Leisure, which has stores in Exeter and Taunton as well, stocks well-known brands such as Altberg, Rab, The North Face, Vango, Outwell, Osprey, Mountain Equipment and Meindl.

It also provides niche products and is the only retailer in the UK to sell Snow Peak Titanium Cookware.

For more information, please visit Taunton Leisure on Bedminster Parade in Bedminster, Bristol or www.tauntonleisure.com. Alternatively, please call 0117 9637640 or connect via https://www.facebook.com/TauntonLeisure/ or https://twitter.com/tauntonleisure.

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