Haringey Tree Wardens were established in 2012. We call it HTW for short.

By 2013 we had become a network of local people who care for and monitor trees. Our activities are run throughout the borough but deliberately focus on just a few sites at a time to achieve a sustained, long-term impact. Trees need time.

We are an entirely voluntary group, with no core funding or paid workers. We apply for grants as and when required. We are deliberately activity-focused, avoiding meetings where people might be put off.

Aims

to plant and maintain trees

to engage local people in planting and caring for trees in their local area

to promote good aftercare for young trees, which includes watering, weeding, mulching, and maintaining stakes, guards and pits.

to work with local people, the Council and other organisations to promote tree car

to raise awareness of the benefits of trees to people, biodiversity and our quality of life.

Membership

Membership is completely open. Anyone can attend and participate. All sectors of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend. Since all the work is voluntary we encourage people to come when they can, but not to feel guilty when they cannot.

The  Haringey Tree Wardens Steering Group is Haringey Tree Wardens decision-making body.

Members of the Steering Group carry out the administrative functions of Haringey Tree Wardens according to the policy set by Haringey Tree Wardens.

The Steering Group consists of not less than 5 people, of which the quorum shall be 3.  Steering Group members shall retire at the Annual General Meeting and be eligible for re-election. Casual vacancies arising from the retirement of any  Steering Group member shall be filled at the discretion of the  Steering Group.

The  Steering Group shall have the right to co-opt members as deemed fit.

Steering Group Meetings

The  Steering Group meets approximately every two months. All meetings are open to all volunteers. One of the meetings shall be the Annual General Meeting. At the AGM, a report of activities and accounts shall be presented and officers shall be elected.

Notice and Agenda of Annual General Meetings shall be posted publicly in the customary locations at least 14 days in advance.

Decisions, wherever possible, shall be made by consensus. If this is not possible, decisions shall be made on the basis of a simple majority of those present and voting.

Extraordinary General Meetings

An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) shall be called, upon receipt by the secretary or other officer of a request signed in writing by at least five HTW volunteers. An EGM requires 14 days notice and a quorum shall be 3.

The Steering Group has the power to open a bank account in the name of HTW. Cheques shall be signed by at least two signatories, one of whom is the treasurer.

The treasurer shall keep, or cause to be kept, proper accounts of the finances and shall report them to the Annual General Meeting. The financial year shall run from 1st April to 31st March.

Any out-of-pocket expenses incurred by Steering Group members shall be reimbursed.

The allocation of funds shall be according to policy, or the agreement of the  Steering Group at a meeting. Day-to-day expenditure shall be the prerogative of the Steering Group.

Alterations to the Constitution

A resolution for the alteration of the constitution shall be received by the secretary at least 21 days before the meeting at which the resolution shall be brought forward. At least 14 clear days notice shall be given of such a meeting, and shall include notice of alterations.

HTW may be dissolved by a resolution passed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a meeting called for that purpose.  At least 21 clear days notice shall be given, by way of posting the notice in the customary locations.

The resolution may give instructions for the disposal of any assets remaining after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities, provided that such property shall not be paid to or distributed among the Steering Group or volunteers but shall be given or transferred to such other institutions having aims similar to those of HTW.