12 March 2021
In line with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, Tree Wardens may be able to start to plan volunteering activities again. The Tree Council provide an update
On 8 March, the government initiated the ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown. This means we are gradually moving out of national lockdown, and it may be possible to begin planning Tree Wardening and other volunteering activities.
What does the roadmap mean for Tree Wardens?
The below is based on government guidance regarding the four steps comprising the roadmap out of lockdown, and the impact on volunteering activities. (The Tree Council cannot provide rules or instructions – only the government can issue those.) Visit gov.uk/coronavirus for more information.
- Step 1 (began 8 March)
As of 8 March, people are permitted to ‘leave home for recreation and exercise outdoors with their household or support bubble, if they are eligible for one, or with one person from outside their household.’ In line with this, Tree Warden networks are permitted to do works with their support bubble/household OR one other person
- Step 1, part B, which is currently planned to begin on 29 March
People are allowed to socialise in a group of six OR two different households, and outdoor sports (including ‘formally organised sports’) are permitted again. Therefore activities such as Tree Wardens work parties could resume in in groups of six or between two households under ‘hands, face, space’ restrictions.
- Step 3, which is currently planned to begin on 17 May
Gatherings of up to 30 are permitted, meaning larger Tree Warden events may take place. Social distancing, hand washing and wearing of face covering should still be observed at all times.
- Step 4, which is currently planned to begin on 21 June
All event restrictions will be lifted – but indoor events should still take place only under social distancing conditions.
- Before Step 4 (currently planned to begin on 21 June), the government will advise on what the ongoing behavioural and social rules will be to ensure a continued recovery – this may be something along the lines of existing ‘hands, face, space’ guidelines.
What should Tree Wardens bear in mind?
- Restriction easing will be ‘guided by data, not dates’, so organisers must be prepared for plans and restrictions to change
- Full and rigorous social distancing measures must remain in place for the foreseeable future, including hand-washing, wearing of face coverings and maintaining 2 metres’ distance
- It remains the responsibility of event organisers to make plans which protect attendees and reflect the most up-to-date regional and national information. Due to the changing nature of restrictions, risk assessments must be accurate to the day of the event
- As we move forward, we ask Tree Warden groups to continue to take every reasonable precaution to keep themselves and each other safe
If you have any questions or concerns, please do get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Take care and stay safe,
Team Tree Council