Tree Wardens are a national force of local tree champions and a key part of The Tree Council’s Community Action Programme.
The Tree Council launched the Tree Warden Scheme in 1990 and co-ordinates the Scheme nationally. It works with local authorities, voluntary organisations, parish councils and local partnerships to set up and develop Tree Warden networks in town, city and countryside.
Today there are many thousands of Tree Wardens in local networks throughout the UK, forming a volunteer force of immense value to the environment. Together, they devote nearly two million volunteer hours a year to trees - time worth about £13 million.
Tree Wardens are the eyes and ears of their neighbourhoods. Community involvement is a central aim of the Scheme.
Some Tree Wardens work with local schools or groups, developing imaginative projects to encourage others to value the community’s trees and woods.
Involving children and youth groups helps to reduce vandalism. Many Wardens lead guided tree walks - often as part of the national Walk in the Woods festival that The Tree Council organises each May - and give talks to local groups.
Tree Wardens help farmers to lay hedges or tag hedge trees. They encourage local environmental improvement projects and plan tree planting for The Tree Council’s National Tree Week.
Tree Warden networks also work in their own communities to undertake projects with The Tree Council such as the planting of the 60 Jubilee Diamond Trees and the Hedgerow Harvest programme as well as pioneering changes to the online Treezilla Tree Map.
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