Become a tree warden

Wanted: Tree Wardens in Brightling and Dallington parishes!

Tree warden planting a black poplar
Tree warden planting a black poplar

For a number of years, the two parishes have shared one Tree Warden. But there is no limit of the number a parish can have. This was brought home to me recently during a zoom webinar on the new Rother Tree Champion scheme during which I discovered some areas have a half a dozen or more. There are so many things that need to be done in our parishes and I really need some help doing them.

If this interests you, here’s what The Tree Council, the organization that set up the National Tree Warden scheme, says about the role (https://treecouncil.org.uk/take-action/tree-wardens/):

What Tree Wardens do

Tree Wardens plant, protect and promote their local trees. No training or experience in tree management is needed – just a love of trees and a few hours to spare.

Tree Wardens are organised into local groups. Each group is managed by a co-ordinator and is autonomous, meeting regularly to decide what they would like to focus on. Some of the projects Tree Warden groups have done include:

  • Arranging local tree planting days
  • Pruning, watering and giving vital aftercare to local trees after planting
  • Rejuvenating local woodlands in need of management
  • Raising funds and identifying suitable land for local tree planting projects
  • Going into schools to talk to young people about the value of trees.

To that list I would add:

  • Surveying the tree stock of the parishes so that informed decisions can be made about planning and other activities that impact our trees, and
  • Conducting guided walks for our parishioners.

Please get in touch if you think you could help. You don’t have to be a tree expert (I’m not) – just enthusiastic!

 

Doug Edworthy (Tree Warden, Brightling and Dallington parishes)