Do you value the trees in our parish? Do you think too many of them are disappearing? Then please help by becoming a tree warden.
The Tree Warden Scheme is a national initiative, launched in 1990 to enable people to play an active role in conserving and enhancing their local trees and woods. The scheme was founded and is co-ordinated by The Tree Council.
Tree Wardens are volunteers, appointed by parish councils or other community organisations, who gather information about their local trees, get involved in local tree matters and encourage local practical projects related to our trees and woods.
There are so many ways in which Tree Wardens can help in their local communities including:
- working with schools on tree-planting projects
- giving advice to local residents
- providing views to the Parish Council and Winchester Tree Officer regarding Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and local planning applications
Please look at the Tree Council’s leaflet for many other ideas www.treecouncil.org.uk
Tree Wardens can be the ‘eyes and ears’ of our three villages. Since the Tree Warden scheme came into existence 25 years ago, our villages – especially Waltham Chase and Shirrell Heath – have lost many iconic trees, and this is changing the character of our neighbourhoods. We can influence this if we want to.
I have been a local Tree Warden since the scheme was introduced, and will be retiring this year. It has been great fun …… but we do need new blood with new ideas and enthusiasm – preferably a Tree Warden in each village – if we are to be pro-active in our work. It can take up as much or as little time as you choose! Training courses are available too.
Our communities can benefit greatly from having a Tree Warden – do look it up on the internet and contact the Parish Council. I’m also very happy to have a chat any time to anyone who is interested.
Robin Boston 01329 832618 firstname.lastname@example.org