1 What are Tree Wardens?
Tree Wardens are volunteers who play an active role in conserving trees and woods in their communities. The types of activities that tree wardens can get involved in include:
- surveying local trees and gathering information about them
- liaising with the local community
- protecting trees and woods
- organising activities, such as planting and caring for new trees.
We work with the Tree Council, which runs the scheme nationally. However, it is co-ordinated by the County Council in partnership with local parish and town councils.
Find out more about what it's like to be a Tree Warden by reading our frequently asked questions and watching our short video.
2 How we support Tree Wardens
We provide year round advice and support. When you first become a Tree Warden we will send you an induction pack that has all the information you will need to get you started. As well as this we provide:
- a Tree Warden handbook, which contains information on tree maintenance, how to get the local community involved, organising events, tree planting, tree law, a communication toolkit and regular newsletters.
- banners, display material and leaflets if you want to promote your work at an event
- a training programme designed to give you the practical skills you need, the opportunity to meet and learn from experts and social events so that you can share your experiences and knowledge with other Tree Wardens
- access to dedicated Tree Warden resources on the Tree Council website as well as information on its campaigns, such as National Tree Week
- information on available grants and funding.
Tree Wardens are covered by our Conservation Volunteer Scheme insurance policy but this does not cover working with power tools or other machinery. You may also be covered by your parish council's insurance but please check.
Whether you are a new or existing Tree Warden our top tips should give you all the information you need to care for trees in your community.
Information for parish councils
The information will help parish councils get the best from their Tree Wardens.
3 Apply to be a Tree Warden
To become a Tree Warden you need to contact your local parish or town council. Once your application has been approved we will send you an induction pack that contains all the information you will need to get you started.
Your parish or town council will support you in your work and may provide ideas on what needs to be done in a certain area. Or, it may support you with more practical help, such as expenses, project funding, access to facilities or highlight your work on its website or newsletter.