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New Tree Warden Network launched in Hartlepool

The Tree Council

March 4, 2024

Tree lovers in the north-east can now help plant and protect trees and hedges across Hartlepool, by joining the new Tree Warden Network set up by Hartlepool Borough Council, in partnership with The Tree Council.

Launching the network, Sam Village, The Tree Council’s National Tree Warden Scheme Coordinator, joined new recruits to kick them off with induction training, before getting stuck into some planting.

The new Hartlepool Tree Warden Network began work on a community orchard at the Waverly Community Allotment, funded by a grant from The Tree Council’s Branching Out Fund. Volunteers were also treated to a fruit tree pruning masterclass delivered by Groundwork.

Over the course of two volunteering days, fifty fruit trees – including apple, pear, plum and quince varieties – were planted in the allotment to launch the new network aimed at caring for, and helping to increase, tree cover in the seaside town.

Hartlepool’s new Tree Wardens will be neighbourhood tree champions, assisting with planting, care and tree monitoring throughout the locality.

Scott Watson, Arboricultural Officer at Hartlepool Borough Council and joint Tree Warden Network Coordinator said:

“Through this initiative, we hope to foster a network of passionate individuals who will serve as champions of our urban forest. Our new volunteers will play a pivotal role in advocating for the preservation of our current trees while actively participating in activities to enhance our landscape.

“In joining the Tree Council’s Tree Warden Scheme, Hartlepool Borough Council envisions a future where trees are cherished, protected, and revered as vital contributors to our collective wellbeing. We invite individuals to join us on this journey, to lend their passion and expertise to the noble cause of preserving and expanding Hartlepool’s green legacy.”

Sara Lom, CEO of The Tree Council, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Hartlepool into the Tree Warden family, becoming the fourth most northerly group in an incredible network that criss-crosses the length and breadth of the country; from Cornwall, to Pembrokeshire, to Norfolk, to Lancaster, to Perth and Kinross, volunteer Tree Wardens are doing wonders for their local environments and communities.”

The Tree Council’s Tree Wardens scheme is a UK-wide network of thousands of passionate volunteers, planting, protecting and promoting their local trees. To find out more, visit our Tree Wardens webpages.

To find out more about becoming a Hartlepool Tree Warden, please email TreeWarden@hartlepool.gov.uk.

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