Tree Wardens are volunteers who gather information about their local trees, get involved in local tree matters and encourage local practical projects to do with trees and woods. Here’s an example – a list of all the trees in the streets we visited in 2013 in Haringey.
The Tree Council is a national organisation, founded on the 27th March 1974. Haringey is part of their Tree Warden Scheme. After a terrible storm in the late 1980’s, the Tree Council formed the Tree Warden Scheme in September 1990. The Tree Warden scheme is a national initiative to enable people to play an active role in conserving and enhancing their local trees and woods.
The Tree Council works to make trees matter to everyone. It is committed to:
- More trees, of the right kind, in the right places
- Better care for all trees, of all ages
- Inspiring effective action for trees
What Tree Wardens Do
Tree Wardens need not be tree experts, only enthusiasts.
- Surveying trees and gathering information about them, including their history
- Getting together with like-minded people for training and field trips
- Leading guided tree walks and giving talks to local groups
- Producing leaflets for tree walks or the history of specific trees
- Providing early warning of threats, disease, decay or vandalism
- Working with local groups and schools on tree-related projects
- Planting and caring for trees, and managing local woods
- Setting up tree nurseries using seeds collected locally
- Supporting Tree Council initiatives such as the Hedge Tree Campaign
- Developing initiatives such as tree adoption to encourage others to value trees.
The Tree Council provides each Tree Warden with a Handbook that covers all the basics they will need to get started and the Haringey Tree Wardens Steering Group help provide training and run induction days. Courses cover topics such as:
- surveying woodland and non-woodland trees
- summer and winter tree identification
- tree planting and aftercare
- woodland ecology and management
- seed collection
- tree law
Tree Wardens are supported in their work by the Haringey Tree Wardens Steering group, which in turn will look to the London Borough of Haringey’s Tree Officer for help in matters which are beyond its resources. See our proposed constitution.
A typical year sees us try to do:
Tree Planting in late November to mid December, pruning and February and March. Street Tree Walks every two months with events in between.
- Tree Wardens do not advise on tree safety or disputes