We’re delighted to announce that a brand new Tree Warden Network has launched in the Brecon Beacons!
Originally planned for early 2020, the group had to put their launch plans on hold when Covid-19 restrictions made it impossible to go ahead. Now, the group has been able to mark their beginnings by planting the aptly-named ‘New Horizon’ elm tree, which The Tree Council gifted to them to celebrate 30 years of the national Tree Warden Scheme.
The network is being coordinated by Sam Harpur, Brecon Beacons National Park Warden, and they have exciting plans for the future. Initially, the Tree Wardens will focus on mapping the amazing ancient and veteran trees scattered across the National Park. None of these have been fully recorded until now, so this is a brilliant opportunity to really understand the trees that help make the area’s cultural, historical and natural landscape so unique.
Thanks to the Brecon Beacons National Park Sustainability Fund, coordinator Sam has been able to purchase equipment to help run this vital project, including tablets and tape measures. This means Tree Wardens will be able to record and map trees electronically while out in the field, noting the exact GPS locations of each tree.
The network will also be working in partnership with Tree Wardens in Pembrokeshire to develop a GIS mapping app to support the project, which can then be shared with other networks across the UK.
For Sam, it’s “working with the knowledgeable and passionate people around the National Park that share a love of trees” to inspire young people that excites him most about the new network. He hopes that in a year or two the network will have identified the future ‘Champion Tree of Wales,’ having mapped all the ancient and veteran trees.
We wish Sam and the Brecon Beacons Network the best of luck with their project – look out for updates later in the year!