In October 2021, Tree Warden volunteers from the Pembrokeshire coast and the Brecon Beacons National Park attended the first ever National Tree Warden Forum in Wales.
Held at the National Botanic Garden of Wales and hosted by The Tree Council’s Sam Village, the day including training on championing local trees, the history of the Tree Warden Scheme and why trees matter, as well as talks from Rob McBride on veteran and ancient tree recording and Jon Stokes on the significance of trees as part of our culture and heritage.
The day also included a walk around the gardens and a search for veteran and ancient trees within the grounds. We were incredibly fortunate to find a phoenix tree in local woodland – a tree that rises up after falling over or snapping off near the ground. This particular tree had fallen due to nearby quarrying and, of course, needed a name (all new tree discoveries need a name!). Volunteer Tree Warden Nan, from Pembrokeshire, came up with ‘Arianwen’ (right) – taken from a story of a spider, as the tangle of roots above the ground resembled a woody web. We also made a record on the Ancient Tree Inventory.
We all left the day keen to continue mapping notable, ancient and veteran trees and look for new planting opportunities. Thank you to everyone involved for such a pleasant and informative day.