The Tree Warden Scheme
The Tree Warden Scheme is a national initiative that enables people to play an active role in conserving and enhancing trees and woodlands in their local area. The scheme was founded by the Tree Council and is co-ordinated by them in partnership with Local Authorities like Erewash Borough Council.
Since the Scheme's launch in September 1990, the Tree Council has been working closely with Local Authorities to set up Tree Warden Networks throughout the UK. Currently, there are over 8,000 Tree Wardens volunteering across 135 local networks. The Tree Warden Scheme in Erewash has recently been relaunched and is overseen by the Council's Tree Officer.
What is a Tree Warden?
In this network all the Tree Wardens are all volunteers and are appointed by the Borough Council through it's Pride in Erewash Campaign. Tree Wardens are encouraged to work closely with their local council, parish, community, landowners and farmers.
What do Tree Wardens do?
All Tree Wardens are volunteers and we do not give them any powers or specific duties. Tree Wardens are simply encouraged to work under four broad categories – information gathering, local liaison, practical projects and protecting trees. We also encourage them to take up issues that interest them or initiatives that we and the Tree Council are promoting.
We do also encourage the Tree Wardens to be “our” eyes and ears on the ground and let us know if there are any issues or problems with trees. Importantly, Tree Wardens get involved in very local tree matters and encourage practical projects to do with trees and woods. They also act as links with the local community on current trees issues and give advice to people with trees on their land.
The protection of trees can be as simple as contacting us in the event of intentional damage or helping on practical project days.
What training will I need?
We will keep in regular contact with you. This is essential to ensure that you have a good understanding of the plans and priorities for trees in your local area. We will offer a range of practical advice and training sessions in the form of trips, slide shows, walks and talks. In addition, we have a range of publications that we can give you to advise you. Wardens are encouraged to attend these training days as well as two open meetings held each year and our AGM.
Other useful information can be found by visiting The Tree Council
Trees with stories to tell
One of the Council's Tree Wardens Pat Ancliff has created a walk leaflet about "Trees with stories to tell". The walk takes you around Risley and points out the most notable trees with a little history. You can download the leaflet here