Managing volunteer Tree Wardens
Our coordinators manage volunteer Tree Wardens at a local level – bringing new Tree Wardens on board, supporting volunteers in arranging events and keeping them updated on national news. In return, Tree Wardens support local authority coordinators with tree mapping, citizen-led science projects, planting events and other borough-wide tree activities. Ready to set up a Tree Warden network?
Meet some of our network co-ordinators…
West Sussex Coordinator
“I’ve managed the West Sussex Network since it was launched in April 1991. Tree Wardens are invaluable ‘eyes and ears’ locally; being aware of what’s going on in their patch; monitoring planning applications and conditions; being the catalyst for projects and surveys; developing tree nurseries and tree trails; making trees matter in neighbourhood plans; working with their local school and community groups; setting up woodland conservation groups; leading tree walks – many and varied things! I find meeting so many people who are enthusiastic about trees very rewarding.”
“In 1997 Cotswold District Council (CDC) formed a Tree Warden Group. Ten years later, the Tree Wardens began running the group themselves and formed a Committee with a Tree Council-approved constitution. Having been involved, through my work at Cotswold District Council, I took on the role as Co-ordinator/Secretary of the group in 2009. I enjoy the role of Coordinator bringing people together and seeing them interact. We have people who are novices to the tree world but also professionals from many walks of life. Our group invite people who are interested in trees to our events as well as Tree Wardens from our own and other areas. The social aspect helps communication and more awareness of the value of trees. With the support of our Committee, under the guidance of our Chairman, I would like to enable our group to further extend to areas outside Cotswold District. Currently, we do have Tree Wardens who have joined us from adjoining areas without a network. Cheers to trees!”
East Anglia Coordinator
“Our Tree Wardens cover a multitude of tasks from monitoring of Tree Preservation Orders and Conservation Areas to woodland management and, of course, tree planting wherever we can find a piece of spare ground! We like to involve local schools whenever possible – of particular note is the success of a Junior Tree Warden scheme organised by two of our Tree Wardens and now in its fifth year. Indeed, we hope to have two more such schemes in 2020. It is wonderful to be responsible for implementing, albeit at a local level, the aims and ideals of The Tree Council and to be able to lead and assist my fellow Tree Wardens.”