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2013 Havant Borough Tree Warden Forum

The Havant Borough Tree Warden forum was well attended yesterday. 30 people in total participated in the event, 19 tree wardens, 8 guests, Jon Stokes (The Tree Council), Jamie Gargett and Andrew Skeet (both from Havant Borough Council).

Jon's presentation discussed 4 national issues facing trees and people who care about them:
Forestry ReviewLocalism including Local Action and Planning Policy FrameworkPests and Diseases including Ash Die-backFood Supply The main thrust of the presentation was that Tree Wardens have an essential role to play in all 4 areas, but especially Localism and Pests & Diseases.

Jamie's presentation was on Trees and Subsidence and included recent changes to tree legislation, especially concerning TPO trees and development of housing estates.

On 26 Feb 2013, the day before the forum, tree wardens and Hayling Island conservation volunteers completed the first stage of our 5500 tree 'Big Tree Plant' project, having planted 815 trees in Havant Bo…

5500 tree project – stage 1 nearing completion

At the beginning of November 2012, Havant Borough Tree Wardens were awarded funding of £25,480 to plant 5,583 trees across the Borough, with the planting taking place over the next 3 years.

The borough wide tree-planting project consists of 9 separate projects, five of which are nearing completion this planting season (October 2012 to March 2013) with 815 trees planted. Planting was delayed on several occasions due to bad weather during the autumn and winter including torrential rain, hard frosts and snow.

The first to kick off during national tree planting week was Staunton Country Park in Leigh Park, where rangers together with a band of 35 helpers worked hard to plant 24 large trees between 29 November 2012 and 11 January 2013. Help came from Havant Day Services, a local special needs school and regular Staunton Country Park volunteers. Trees planted include Lime, English Oak, Copper Beech, Metasequoia, Paulownia and Zelcova. The remaining 52 trees will be planted in autumn 2013.…

Forum and Get Together

Interested in trees and want to make a difference?

    Meet Tree Wardens in the Borough    Hear about current tree matters from local and national experts    Ask questions about tree related issues.
Wednesday 27 February, 7-9pm
Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant

Presentations will be given on the following topics, with plenty of time to answer questions:

How Tree Wardens can make a difference – Jon Stokes (The Tree Council)
Trees and Subsidence – Jamie Gargett (HBC arboriculturalist)
Trees on Havant Borough Council land – Andrew Skeet (HBC arborist)

If you would like to reserve a place, it is essential that you let the HBTW coordinator, Frances Jannaway, know (contact info). Those that have confirmed places are encouraged to bring finger food and soft drinks.

Meet in the foyer at 6.45pm