Tree Wardens in Suffolk
Tree Wardens are Volunteer Tree Champions who work with parish councils or other community organisations. They gather information about their local trees, get involved in local tree matters and local practical projects related to trees and woods.
Tree Wardens have been caring for the trees of Suffolk for nearly 30 years. District councils in central and eastern Suffolk were some of the first 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 Role of a Tree Warden
The role tree wardens take on varies from parish to parish and sometimes between different areas of the country. The Tree Council publish a list of activities Tree Wardens may carry out, this is shown in ‘The role of a Tree Warden – the Do’s and Don’ts‘ (PDF). In Suffolk some activities, such as helping farmers to lay hedges, rarely occur as laid hedges themselves are rare.
Many parishes in Suffolk have their own tree wardens. View to map to see if your parish has one. If it is not coloured green on the map either you don’t have a Tree Warden or we don’t have their contact details. Please contact our coordinator Frances Jannaway or your local parish council.
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.
The network also holds several events each year where you can meet other tree wardens and learn about tree care and diseases.