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Tuesday 17th March 2020 – Update

Dear Tree Wardens,

We continue to adhere to and are following the current Government advice to Covid-19/coronavirus. The situation has escalated significantly since our last update on Friday.

The Prime Minister has stated that everyone should now:

  • avoid gatherings with friends and family as well as large gatherings and crowded places like pubs and theatres
  • avoid all “non-essential” travel
  • cease all ‘unecessary visits to friends and relatives in care homes

All church services and other public worship will be suspended and by next weekend, those with the most serious health conditions must be largely shielded from contact for around 12 weeks. Further public health response phases may follow.

This is a worldwide unprecedented and challenging time for so many people and of course the health and safety of our staff, members and volunteers remains our number one priority.

As such, The Tree Council has cancelled all external meetings until further notice, including the Welwyn Garden City conference scheduled for 22 April.

The Tree Council Dock Offices team in London are now working remotely until further notice. We are still contactable on email and at info@treecouncil.org.uk and on the office mobile telephone: 07927 550431.

We would encourage all Tree Warden Networks and volunteer Tree Wardens to continuously follow government advice and the directive set by their workplace, if applicable. For the most accurate, up-to-date health guidance, please follow and share with your networks only official government advice.

The Tree Council now strongly advises the following for the safety of Tree Wardens:

  1. Tree Warden Networks: postpone or cancel events or gatherings
    Events organised and planned by Tree Wardens should be postponed or cancelled. You should reschedule any training and other events to later in the year once official guidance indicates that it is considered safe to do so and the UK risk level has been reduced.
  2. Individual Tree Wardens: take care of yourselves
    Individual Tree Wardens should take the situation seriously and consider their own health and any personal risk factors which could make you more vulnerable to viral infection. This now means avoiding gatherings and crowded places, working from home where possible. Please also note that in this time of social distancing, members of our network may feel isolated and we would encourage keeping in touch via telephone and email if you have it.
  3. Please continue to:
    · maintain rigorous hand-washing protocol
    · do not attend any meetings in person
    · deploy social distancing
    · minimise contact particularly with vulnerable persons (e.g. the elderly, the immune-suppressed, those who are pregnant)
    · use the phone or email rather than visiting others

If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at info@treecouncil.org.uk or call us on 07927 550431. We’ll post updates on the Tree Council website and our Twitter and Facebook pages as the situation evolves.

Kind regards and look after yourselves,

Sara