tree wardens
and what we do

Tree Council

Tree Wardens are volunteers, appointed by parish councils or other community organisations, who gather information about their local trees, get involved in local tree matters and encourage local practical projects to do with trees and woods.
The Tree Warden Scheme is a national initiative to enable people to play an active role in conserving and enhancing their local trees and woods. The scheme was founded by the Tree Council and is co-ordinated by the Council with the support the government department Communities and Local Government.

So what do 'tree wardens' do ?

Tree Wardens can Tree Wardensbe involved in many different projects ranging from tree planting, hedgerow surveys, checking TPO's, (Tree Preservation Orders), surveying trees along roadsidTree Wardens 2es, maintenance of newly planted trees, reporting diseased or damaged trees, organising walks & talks or events, (some of which may be small enough for just a couple of people to assist with and others having larger groups of the general public in attendance), writing articles, to setting up volunteer groups or tree nurseries and answering queries from the general public. 

Tree Wardens attend regular training sessions and field trips to enable them to network with others. They're not able to advise whether a tree is safe or not, nor are they able to enter private land without the owners approval but as they work closely with local authority officers they're always able to obtain professional advice when required.  Tree Wardens are not permitted to use a chainsaw without having completed the certificated training or without insurance.

As volunteers their main aim is to heighten the profile of trees and encourage the care of trees in their local area and in doing so help to reduce vandalism to trees.


June 2011 saWest Chiltington Schw us visit West Chiltington Community School where we were invited to talk to Mrs Footer's class about Tree Wardens, Monkmead Wood, its inhabitants and to show the children many different woodland items which ranged from bird and bat boxes to a huge fungi.  It was a really eWest Chiltington Sch 2njoyable morning for everyone and a just wonderful to meet so many children who had such an interest in local nature. 

Mrs Footer's class also asked if they could visit Monkmead Wood in November of this year and we had great pleasure in planning both a Woodland Walk and Woodland Safari for them which we all thoroughly enjoyed. 








 Regional Tree Warden Scheme Network Co-ordinator 

Julie Boltonwoodland logo

(01243) 756888
West Chiltington Parish Tree Warden 
Amanda Apps
(01798) 813229



Monkmead Wood's historical past
Monkmead Wood is a site rich in history.  From a Roman Road which disects the site, to its connections with World War 2, it's a fascinating place and home to many species of wildlife too.
At just under 28.5 acres it can boast both wet and dry heathlands, a SSSI and varied broadleaf deciduous tree species (some of which are featured on this site). 
Some clues as to the woodland's past ownership are still visible today.  Ornamental tree planting of huge pines are thought to have been planted by the owners of Monkmead Place, a large residential house opposite the woodland, back in 18th or 19th Century.

Remains of the Candian Army camp from World War 2 are visible throughout the woodland even today, these range from ceramic telephone lines to brick foundations from administration buildings.  

The woodland itself is owned by Horsham District Council and it has been working closely with MWVG for the past 7 years to continue to preserve this site for many generations to come. 
One of the tasts that the volunteer group are involved in every year is heathland preservation.  Although the group spend many hours removing birch saplings which had colonised the area, some mature trees are a vital component of the heathland as song posts for birds and homes for insects.  If the encroachment of birch was not kept under control their coverage of the heathland would reduce the light reaching the woodland floor and seriously affect the conditions required for heathland species making it difficult for them to re-establish in the area.
The next time you're walking in the woodland see if you can spot those ceramic phone lines from World War 2!