Sam Village

Sam Village

National Tree Warden Scheme Coordinator

Sam Village is National Tree Warden Scheme Coordinator at the Tree Council. She has worked with Tree Wardens for over 20 years, both in this role and previously in her roles within local government. Sam has extensive experience of Green Infrastructure Projects with a focus on biodiversity and community engagement, and is a founding Trustee of the Midlands Parks Forum. Sam is a passionate believer in the importance of connecting people with the natural world, particularly through engagement with trees.

Sam says about trees:

“There are two quotes that really strike a cord with me, and drive my passion and work with trees. From Nelson Henderson, ‘the true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit’, and Martin Luther, ‘For in the nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than it if were made of gold and silver’.”

Sam’s favourite tree:

“My early childhood was spent living in Africa and it was the magnificence of the baobabs and the amazing spring colours of the jacarandas that sparked my initial passion for trees. Moving back to England as a young teenager, it was most certainly the mighty oaks and beeches that struck me first, along with the stunning autumn colours of field maples in the hedgerows. Over the last ten years I have grown an affection for the Silver Birch, a wonderfully elegant tree, often referred to as ‘lady of the woods’. It is a pioneer species signifying new beginnings and hope, and is great for attracting garden wildlife.”