It is essential to ensure that you have a good understanding of the plans and priorities for trees in your local area.  We will offer a range of practical advice and training sessions in the form of slide shows, walks and talks. Staff from Countrycare and Tree Officers organise a regular programme of training events through the year.  In addition, there is a range of publications that the Tree Wardens are also given.  Wardens are encouraged to attend these training days as well as two open meetings held each year.

 

The Tree Wardens are all volunteers and as such give their time for free. Countrycare and the Tree Council bear the cost of publications, coordinating the scheme and training. 

Epping Forest District Council coordinates the Epping Forest Tree Wardens on behalf of The Tree Council. Across the country, tree warden groups are run by local councils, which in the main tend to be District councils.  Countrycare and Trees and Landscape coordinate the Epping Forest Tree Warden Scheme. However, Tree Wardens are encouraged to talk to and work with their local parish and town councils.

 

All Tree Wardens are volunteers and they do not have specific duties. They are encouraged to work under four broad categories – information gathering, local liaison, practical projects and protecting trees. We also encourage them to take up issues that interest them or initiatives that we and the Tree Council are promoting.  For example, presently we have two tree-related projects: the veteran tree hunt and the horse-chestnut tree project (see Special Projects section of website under Key information).  We do also encourage the Tree Wardens to be our eyes and ears on the ground and let us know if there are any issues  or problems with trees. Importantly, they get involved in local tree matters and encourage practical projects to do with trees.  The protection of trees can be as simple as contacting us in the event of intentional damage or helping on practical project days.

Tree Wardens are volunteers who gather information about their local trees and get involved in local tree matters.  They organise activities, fundraise, research and advise on trees and related topics.