Set up a Tree Warden Network in your area.

The Tree Warden Networks are managed at the local level by Tree Warden Coordinators. These coordinators are often local authority officers, but many are independent volunteers. If there isn’t a local network in your area and you would like to get one started please contact us at info@treecouncil.org.uk.

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…

Julie Bolton

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.”

Sam Village

West Midlands Coordinator

“Over the years I have run numerous initiatives with and for tree wardens including a free tree scheme for Tree Wardens to enable them to plant more trees in their local community. At present, Tree Wardens are actively promoting and supporting farmers and landowners to access free and subsidised tree schemes I am running in partnership with the Woodland Trust. This is a huge help as it enables me to reach so many more potential applicants than I could do on my own. In the spring this year I shall be working with The Tree Council to deliver ash dieback training and launching the ash dieback toolkit in Leicestershire to support the county council’s ash dieback action plan. Although it is only a part of my role at Leicestershire County Council, being a coordinator for the network truly is the most enjoyable and rewarding part of my job.”

John Fleetwood

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.”