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.”
Broadland Tree Warden Network
“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.”
Perth & Kinross Tree Warden Network
“The Perth & Kinross Tree Wardens’ Network was set up in 1993 and I joined not long afterwards. Our region isn’t called Big Tree Country for nothing – there are many magnificent trees but also the usual issues of trees being undervalued and felled or mis-managed all too easily. Our Network keeps an eye on things. We are planning more Ancient Tree Inventory surveys and new orchard and hedgerow projects. We will soon have a Bluebell Trail leaflet and aspire to a new tree nursery. As we cover the 2,000+ square miles that is Perth & Kinross we need to double our existing 50 members in the years to come. We hope to welcome new groups to join us in Scotland too.”
Tree Wardens Pembrokeshire Coordinator
I took over the role of coordinator in 2008; however, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Tree Warden Network has been running since 2004 and was the second scheme to be launched in Wales. Our volunteers are not simply an extra pair of hands; they are ambassadors helping to safeguard some of the trees, hedges and landscape features that make Pembrokeshire Coast National Park so special.
As tree wardens, our volunteers are involved in activities including recording and monitoring Ancient, Veteran and Notable trees, Liaising with Community, Town and City Councils about opportunities for community tree planting and assisting in implementing community orchards – and much more.”