Working Together for the Love of Trees

This website is for all those across Suffolk who care about trees.  Tree Wardens appointed by a Parish or Town Council or other community organisation are the basis of Suffolk Tree Warden Network. There are already over 200 tree wardens in Suffolk and the number is growing.

Suffolk parishes coloured green have Tree Wardens. Those in blue are seeking them. Click map to enlarge.

We are also working with individuals, and organisation or businesses in the community who are interested in developing, protecting and preserving the trees and landscape of Suffolk.

We have our own volunteer tree nurseries, sponsored by Suffolk County Council and work with other organisations and sponsors to distribute and plant trees.

To find out more visit our ‘about Us’ page
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Events STWN news

Join us in the green gazebo @ the Suffolk Show, 31 May & 1 June

Getting attention at South Suffolk Show

We have enjoyed a fantastic response from farmers, landowners, the general public and potential new #TreeWardens to our new STWN-branded gazebo at the recent Euston Country Show & Game Fair and the South Suffolk Show.

Planting Tree Warden Activities

Tree Planting in Rumburgh

These photos were taken in Rumburgh, 8th, 9th, and 15th January at Greenhaven campsite.

They rent out some land for horses and the hedge was to separate horses from the camping field.

Group effort
Adding spirals

The owners and their two children came for a little while, then melted away after coffee, except for the mother. She is an education worker with SWT.

The weather was awful and the soil a horrible sticky clay but the 6 of us including Alan and myself completed the job planting the Woodland Trust Hedgerow pack with Standards every 10 meters.

The finished job

Lisa Simmonds

Planting Queens Green Canopy

Tree plantings in Halesworth

This is planting Halesworth Tree Wardens did in the town on Sunday 6th February. We planted 10 Whitebeam round the edge of a car park in Halesworth and labelled them all ‘Queens Jubilee’.

There are several Whitebeam there already and some years ago Waveney council planted quite large specimens to complete planting all the way along the edge. They all died as no watering was possible. We have a relationship with the nearby pub and they will let us have water if we get a very dry summer. It seemed to be quite good soil but I suspect it could be on top of a load of rubbish left from building ring road and car park, time will tell.

Hedgerows Planting

Hedge planting Thurston

Thurston community is planting a new hedgerow around the churchyard in Thurston. The planting went very well. Perfect weather and 19 willing volunteers resulted in the planting of over 1000 plants.

A Job well done

This photograph will appear on the front cover of the March edition of our local newsletter and I have written a small piece for inside the mag.

Events History STWN news Tree Council posts Tree Warden Activities

Celebrating 30 years of Tree Wardens.

As many of you know, “the terrible impact of Dutch elm disease in the 1970s plays an important role in The Tree Council’s history. The charity was established in 1974 as part of the national replanting effort which inspired the nation to get out and restore our treescapes. The Tree Warden Scheme was founded in 1980 and rapidly became an important part of the Tree Council’s work.” (quoted from The Tree Council Website Thirty years of Tree Wardening)

So they were delighted when a Tree Warden suggested planting disease-resistant elm trees to commemorate thirty years of Tree Wardening. The elm pictured below is one of four other celebratory elms we are fortunate enough to have been given for Suffolk.

Here is the tree in Summer. It will take a while to catch up with it’s neighbours.
STWN news Suffolk County Council

STWN are Winners!

STWN has won the Greenest Community Award in Suffolk County Council’s Greenest County Awards 2021.

In making the award the judges said: This wide-ranging project had the advantage of having a positive effect across many communities throughout the whole of Suffolk. It has a lot of support, with many more parishes across Suffolk now having a Tree Warden. Its range of influence and high ambitions to change the landscape of the county by involving local communities gave it the edge in an extremely high quality field of nominations.”

Leader of SCC, Matthew Hicks presenting the award to STWN Tree Wardens Helen Bynum and Fe Morris

In our winning bid for the recent SCC Greenest Community Award we said: “We are putting trees into the land and on the map. STWN has distributed (in partnership with WT and SCC) 20,000 trees and hedgerow shrubs in 2019-2020. This year we will act as the distribution hub for 4,500 trees and 20,000 hedgerow shrubs. The hedgerow shrubs total 4km of new hedgerows, recognised as a vital biodiversity resource. STWN is also the access point for landowners to place orders for TW Landowner packs totalling 10,500 trees.

STWN news Tree Council posts Tree Warden Activities

We’re on Countryfile

Growing Trees for a changing landscape – seed gathering at historic Redgrave Park

Strike a spade into the earth, slip in a seedling and a little bit of landscape history is made. If the seedling comes not just from native but very local stock, valuable genetic resources are conserved. Thousands of trees have been planted under the auspices of the STWN and an increasing number will come from the network’s own tree nurseries in the future, but a little cell grown oak from Tree Warden and Nurse David Appleton’s 2020 sowing enjoyed a very special start this October.

STWN news Young Tree Champions

Eco-Warrior Award 

The Red Gables Wellbeing Hub in Stowmarket had a great turnout on Sunday 7th November when they teamed up with Scorpion Marital Arts Academy (Stowmarket) to create an Eco-Warrior Award where participating children could earn a certificate and a sew-on badge for their uniform by taking part in environmental activities within their town.

26 children + parents enjoyed planting the new hedgerow along the front wall here at Red Gables using a mixture of saplings from the tree nursery and a couple of older dog roses grown in pots. To limit the group sizes, they also took part in litter picking around Stowmarket and had an opportunity to sew some wildflower seed on our wildflower bank.

It was a really good occasion and both children and parents were given the opportunity to look around the tree nursery. We also provided them with more information on how the tree nursery project is funded & how they can get involved in growing trees at home. I think it’s fair to say we have 26 willing volunteers to call upon in the future!