Making a difference in Suffolk
Tree Wardens have been caring for the trees of Suffolk for nearly 30 years, Mid Suffolk being one of the first districts to join the national scheme. In 2017 there were around 120 tree wardens in Suffolk with some areas having more than others. We are actively encouraging more people to join.
Due to changes in the way local government works the Suffolk Tree Warden Network was established in 2017 to encourage and coordinate tree wardens across the county. It aims to have at least one tree warden in every town, parish or group of small parishes. The network is now a self-managed organisation of volunteers linked to parish councils.
The Suffolk Tree Warden Network is divided into area groups with local coordinators to enable Tree Wardens to get together with those in neighbouring parishes. List of parishes and their local group coordinators
Babergh/Mid Suffolk District Council and
East Suffolk District Council.
In Babergh/Mid Suffolk, there are about 90 Tree Wardens divided into 11 sub-areas each with a local Tree Warden coordinator covering almost half the total of 202 parishes. The idea is to create local networks of Tree Wardens enabling them to be part of a group rather than feeling isolated. They will be able to meet and call on each other for mutual support, exchange ideas and knowledge and feed back needs for training, funding and other help to the executive committee.
The situation in the adjoining districts is very different. There are about 24 Tree Warden contacts in East Suffolk and only 7 in West Suffolk. It is hoped that once we have established a good network of Tree Wardens in Mid Suffolk that the other two districts will follow. If you are a tree warden or would like to become one in any part of Suffolk please contact your local coordinator.
Alternatively you may get in touch with our Chairman, Frances Jannaway using the email contact form.
Examples of local group activities.
Suffolk Tree Wardens get involved in an amazing range of tree related activities from planting trees & their after care, including community woodland & orchards; carrying out surveys of ancient trees, hedgerows & orchards to setting up tree nurseries, working with schools, publishing tree trail leaflets and reporting to Parish Councils about their local trees.
Tree Wardens are often a point of contact for all things trees in the Parish, working with their parish council. The amount of time they spend depends entirely on that which they have available – essentially you give as much or as little time as you wish.
When you become a tree warden you will be given a handbook by the Tree Council and possibly several books as well. The network also holds several events each year where you can meet other tree wardens and learn about tree care and diseases.