There have been Tree Wardens in Suffolk since the early 1990’s. Suffolk Tree Warden Network (STWN) is an independent network set up in 2017 in response to district councils withdrawing Tree Warden coordination and training support.
As a member of the Suffolk Tree Partnership, STWN works closely with Suffolk County Council, The Tree Council and Woodland Trust planting and caring for trees and woods across Suffolk. STWN aims to improve communication between district council Tree Officers, Tree Wardens, Parish/Town Councils and the public for the benefit of local communities and their natural environments.
Activities carried out by Suffolk Tree Wardens include:
- Taking care of the trees we have already, especially older, established trees
- Planting and caring for trees & hedgerows across Suffolk, including community woods & orchards & ‘healing’ woods
- Setting up Tree Nurseries using seeds collected locally, especially from native, older, well established trees such as Ancient/Veteran
- Surveying and monitoring trees such as Native Black Poplar, Hedgerow, Ancient & Veteran trees
- Providing information & tips on tree related subjects such as tree identification, taking cuttings, recycling plastic tree guards, tree pests & diseases, trees & planning, funding opportunities
- Working with local schools and youth groups, encouraging them to value their community’s trees and woods with the aim of encouraging Junior Tree Champions
- Working with Parish/Town Councils providing comment on applications for works on trees, planning applications involving new developments & Tree Preservation Orders
- Collaborating on The Tree Council initiatives such as ‘Ash dieback tool kit for parishes’
See our website for the latest tree planting and tree nursery updates.
New Tree Wardens are always welcome. Our aim is to have at least one Tree Warden in every town, parish or group of small parishes in Suffolk. There are currently (March 2021) more than 200 Tree Wardens across all three districts (East, Babergh/Mid and West Suffolk) registered with STWN.
See the map on our website to find out if there is Tree Warden in your parish. Parishes with Tree Wardens are coloured green on the map.
Training in the form of online modules is being developed by The Tree Council and will soon be available to Suffolk Tree Wardens.
We look forward to hearing from you.