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



How do trees drink?
Trees are an intrinsic part of our countryside - they inspire us, provide us with valuable
oxygen, punctuate our countryside with texture and colour, they provide shade
for us and our animals and contribute to our economy.
When we think about trees 'drinking'  it's difficult to imagine but, like us, trees do react to things such as temperature changes, sunlight and even smells and do infact need to drink water, (well,  when I say drink it's not in the same way that we do of course) and like us trees require a steady flow of nutrients in order to survive.

Trees may not have any capability of  movement which enables them to shuffle over to the nearest stream to drink but beneath that knarled bark exterior they've evolved an
ingenious way of making the most out of the processes that take place beneath their exterior.  Namely, Transpiration.  This process works in conjunction
with the tree's need for water which literally enables it to 'drink'.  

Transpiration keeps trees cool in the summer and this process basically involves the evaporation of water from the trees leaves via tiny pores on their underside called stomata.
Hot summer temperatures or strong winds trigger the amount of water that evaporates from these tiny pores - the tree
itself can open or close these pores at will at regular intervals to release gasses.

As Transpiration takes place via the leaves in the canopy then this initiates water literally being 'drawn' up from the trees roots deep in the soil to the tips of its leaves to regulate moisture levels within the tree.