About the network

The West Sussex Tree Warden Network was established in 1991, one of the first in the country, and is co-ordinated by West Sussex County Council. There are now over 160 tree wardens volunteering throughout the county covering some 98 parishes and towns.

They undertake a wide range of activities from survey work, monitoring planning conditions, leading guided walks, organising woodland management programmes, tree and hedge planting projects, maintenance (‘TLC’) days and working with other community groups.

West Sussex successfully hosted the 2015 South East Regional Forum at Wakehurst Place [‘Kew in the country’] on the theme of ‘Planning a New Landscape’. Tree wardens will be an integral part of plans being developed to tackle pests and diseases across the county. Web pages have been created for current tree wardens, people wanting more information about the tree warden network and for parish councils: www.westsussex.gov.uk/treewardens

Training programmes are developed with tree warden feedback in mind together with other events throughout the year. A mixture of core skills, like tree identification and tree law, are combined with current topics. These will be resumed when budgets allow and current COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

New tree wardens are very welcome, especially in areas currently without wardens.

For more information please e-mail treewardens@westsussex.gov.uk

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