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About Us

Welcome to Havant Borough Tree Wardens. We are a local group of volunteers that form part of the Tree Councils national Tree Warden Scheme. Today there are around 8,000 Tree Wardens in over 150 local networks throughout the UK, forming a volunteer force of immense value to the environment.

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 landscapes. To be most effective, this action should be taken by local people who have most to gain from the protection and enhancement of their immediate environment.

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”.

The Scheme

Fundamental to the Tree Council goals, is the Tree Warden Scheme: a national initiative to enable people to play an active role in conserving and enhancing their local trees and woods.

Tree Wardens are supported in their work by their parish council or community group, which in turn will look to the Local Authority for help in matters which are beyond its resources.

Tree Wardens are volunteers with a passion for trees, residents dedicated to their communities’ trees.

The tasks in which The Tree Council recommend that a Tree Warden might become involved fall within four broad headings:
  • gathering information
  • local liaison
  • practical projects
  • protecting trees.

Tree Wardens across Havant Borough have been involved in many projects including tree planting, festivals, tree trails, tree hunts, discussions, courses, talks and local development consultations.

How the Scheme works

Tree Wardens are not tree experts but are enthusiastic to learn about trees and how to protect them. The Tree Council provides each Tree Warden with a Handbook, a set of books on tree related topics and the quarterly ‘Tree Guardian’ newsletter.

Typical training courses may cover topics such as Summer and Winter Tree Identification, Tree Planting and Aftercare, Woodland Management, Surveying Woodland, Recording Veteran Trees, Tree Preservation Orders, and Trees and Development.

Havant Borough Tree Wardens:

  • Originally set up in 1995
  • Re-established by HBC’s Tree Officer in 2006
  • Havant Borough Council awarded plaque to honour 10 years’ commitment to the Tree Council’s Tree Warden Scheme at Houses of Parliament on 29 November 2006
  • Tree Wardens live in all parts of the borough and play an active part in local communities
  • In 2012 successfully applied for funding to plant over 5000 trees