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The Secret Life of Trees, as seen on TV

BBC One is screening a fascinating programme next week: Weds 20.12.17 at 20:00hrs.

Watch through four seasons as trees maintain their 'community', warding off threats from Climate Change and pests, as well as protecting our environment.

Presented by Judi Dench from her own woodland, planted with her husband and nurtured over many years. She has a fine array of scientists and experts to help her explore the life of trees from root to growing twigs, and the supporting cast of micro-organisms, insects and animals.

Tree Planting at Hampshire Farm Meadows

Havant Borough Tree Wardens marked National Tree Week by helping The Friends of Hampshire Farm Meadows with replacement planting in Emsworth on Saturday, 2nd December.

Basal growth cut back

Tuesday: Friends of Havant Cemeteries and Tree Wardens cut basal growth from lime trees in New Lane Cemetery. Havant Borough Tree Warden Terry explained and supervised the work.

National Tree Week 2017

As National Tree Week – the UK’s biggest annual festival of trees – approaches, The Tree Council is calling on everyone everywhere to celebrate the value of trees, plant more and appreciate them all.

Across the UK, the presence of trees in cities, towns and rural landscapes, continues to add value to our lives every day, in many different ways. The value that trees provide can sometimes be taken for granted: they not only create a habitat for all sorts of wildlife, but provide services to humans too. We get food, fuel and building resources from them; they help prevent flooding, clean our polluted air and water supplies and conserve energy.

Trees are good for business, too. It’s been proven that trees increase property values as well as footfall in shopping or business areas, all of which helps to boost the local economy. The value and contribution of trees is immeasurable, going back to childhood memories such as climbing a favourite tree, admiring the gorgeous autumn colours they br…

Grow your own with Havant Borough Tree Wardens

Havant Borough Tree Wardens will be collecting tree seeds at Sandy Dell in Purbrook on Saturday 16th September as part of The Tree Council’s annual Seed Gathering Season campaign.  Everyone is welcome and participants will learn to identify trees and their seeds and how to grow them. Meet at Sandy Dell at 10.00am.
The Tree Warden Scheme is a national initiative launched in 1990 by The Tree Council, the tree campaigning charity, to enable people to play an active role in conserving and enhancing their local trees and woods.  The Tree Council’s goal is to make “Trees matter to everyone” by working together:
¨for more trees, of the right kind in the right places ¨for better care for all trees, of all ages and ¨to inspire effective action for trees
Anyone who has an interest in trees, nature or conservation generally and can help in any way is welcome to join the group.

Havant at Home

Havant Borough Tree Wardens were represented in Havant Park on Saturday as part of Havant at Home, a free event organised by The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre ‘celebrating Havant Borough and the reasons we all love to call it home!’  Various community groups were present and entertainment included circus group hikapee who performed ‘house’ and local music acts on the Community Stage.

The event finished earlier than planned due to rain stopping the musical entertainment.  The deteriorating weather meant there was not a high attendance, but the stand and, particularly, the tree identification quiz attracted interest and visitors included the MP for Havant, Alan Mak, and the Mayor of Havant, Elaine Shimbart.  No one identified all twenty trees correctly.

Tree Wardens Wanted for Hayling Island

Havant Borough Tree Wardens are looking for people who live on Hayling Island to become tree wardens.  Tree wardens are volunteers who gather information about their local trees, get involved in local tree matters and encourage local practical projects related to trees and woods.

The Tree Warden Scheme is a national initiative launched in 1990 by The Tree Council to enable people to play an active role in conserving and enhancing their local trees and woods.  The Tree Council is the tree campaigning charity, an umbrella body for over 150 UK organisations working together to promote the importance of trees within the changing environment.

Working together:
for more trees, of the right kind in the right places for better care for all trees, of all ages and to inspire effective action for trees Its goal is to make “Trees matter to everyone”.
Trees are a precious part of our natural heritage and we need to take action now if future generations are to enjoy the beauty and variety of our l…

Current Mayor plants tree on Hayling Island

In 1974 the Charter Mayor, John Derben, a Hayling Island councillor planted an Ash tree in Legion Field and started a tradition which has continued up to the present time.

Five years ago, because of  ash tree die back, it was decided that in future a variety of trees would be planted in Hayling park instead. 

A tree is usually planted toward the end of a mayor's term of office.

Tree planted at Hampshire Farm Meadows.

Havant Borough Tree Wardens and Friends of Hampshire Farm Meadows on the 24th March to plant an oak tree which had been provided by Havant Borough Council.
Hampshire Farm Meadows, off of Redlands Lane west of Westbourne, is a 42 acre public open space adopted by HBC in December 2016. It was created in conjunction with the adjacent Redlands Grange housing development. Havant Tree Wardens were a principal stakeholder in ensuring that this land was set aside and developed for a wide range of public uses. It has been planted with a significant number of trees which will create wooded areas and hedges etc.
If you are interested in helping out to maintain this wonderful site please contact the Friends of HFM at or the HBTW at

Tree of the Month - March and Spring Equinox

The Horse Chestnut Tree - the Spring Equinox tree

Stout trees with huge domed canopies and gnarled bark. As they can grow to 30 metres and are among the first trees to put out leaves in the spring, they give a magnificent grandeur to our surroundings.

They are special in having distinctive 5 lobed leaves like a hand print, and their clusters of white/pink flowers make them look like giant candelabras.

Everyone knows them for their big mahogany-brown conkers that burst out of green, spiky fruit in the autumn when their leaves glow orange and scarlet. Strangely, they are related to the Lychee family.

There has been an annual world conker championship in the Northants village of Ashton since 1965, but for those with green fingers conkers are easy to germinate in pots and grow on to plant somewhere special with the help of your local Tree Wardens.

Residents’ Association and Scouts have a productive Sunday

Sunday 12th March 2017

Purbrook and Widley Area Residents’ Association (PAWARA) Environment Group had a productive morning at The Bog and Penjar Pond with a good turnout of residents supplemented with scouts from the 72nd Portsmouth Group.  Apple, quince and elder were added to the fruiting hedge at The Bog while the scouts staked the existing trees so they would be easy to find if they became overgrown.  The group then moved over to Penjar Pond where the scouts sawed up and moved some branches that had been cut down and left at the back of the pond.  Meanwhile, a double row of wild plum trees was planted at the Elstead Gardens end of the grass area.  The original intention was to continue the existing hedge planted for year-round colour.  Unfortunately, the ground was too stony.  There was a suggestion it might be builders’ rubble.

Two members of the group have become Havant Borough Tree Wardens.  The fruiting hedge planted at The Bog in December 2014 was provided by The Tree Council…