Tree Wardens are people who volunteer to be appointed by their community group, resident’s association, parish council or community council to gather information and to encourage practical projects relating to trees in the community.
You do not need to be an expert because training is available to provide you with the basic knowledge and training. What is important is that you should genuinely care for trees and your environment.
You can decide yourself how much time you can give to the role and decide how you can work being a Tree Warden in with your normal routine. The Tree Council runs a volunteer Tree Warden Scheme, this forms a network of fantastic volunteer tree champions around the country. Read more about the Tree Councils’ volunteer Tree Warden Scheme
“Tree Wardens are local tree champions who plant, look after and stand up for the trees in their patch.”The Tree Council
Why are Tree Wardens needed?
Over the past twenty-five years trees, woodlands and hedgerows have been disappearing from our landscape at an alarming rate. The causes have been many and varied: disease, neglect, urban sprawl, increased pressure from building development and extreme weather conditions, have all contributed to the loss of millions of trees, affecting the landscape and the wildlife associated with them.
A Tree Warden can help in lots of different ways
- Finds out what trees are in the local area;
- Is a point of local contact;
- Acts as eyes and ears for problems existing with trees and reporting these problems;
- Works with local schools and community, educating by running tree walks; seed collecting and propagating; planting trees and caring for new trees;
- Learns about trees, the different species, how to identify all year round, diseases and problems, etc.;
- Searchs for mature and veteran trees and reports these;
- Advises on suitable trees to plant.
Local Forest areas
Local Authorities have combined in the North West to create three Forest Areas:
- Mersey Forest
- Red Rose Forest
- Pennine Edge Forest
The aim being to ensure that woodland will increase its value for all of our communities today and be a major asset for future generations.
Reproduced with permission of North West Parks Friends Forum