Welwyn Hatfield

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's Tree Warden network has had a hugely successful first 18 months. Over 80 residents have volunteered since the network started in March 2006.

The Tree Wardens are organised into groups each with an area in the borough in which they monitor the trees. Each Tree Warden has a map pack of their area showing the location of the council maintained trees.

The Tree Wardens are extra eyes and ears and help monitor the newly planted trees, look for signs of pests and disease and report on tree maintenance issues.

Plans for the future include identifying landmark trees in the borough.

The Tree Wardens meet every two months for sessions with guest speakers. These meetings also offer the opportunity for training and sharing knowledge. There is an annual outing every year, last year was a visit to Cambridge Botanical gardens.

New volunteers are always welcome, whatever their skills. To find out more, contact Tree Officers Oliver Waring or Claire Lilley on 01707 357000.

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