Welcoming New Networks

Reading Borough Council is the latest local authority to start a Tree Warden Network in its area. A launch meeting on a bitterly cold evening during National Tree Week saw residents gathering from across the borough to hear about Tree Wardening from The Tree Council, Trees for Cities and Reading Borough itself. The Reading Network is being launched as part of the borough’s tree strategy and the evening was hosted by Councillor Tom Stanway, Lead Councillor for Culture & Sport.

The first tree planting and training event took place in February, when more then 25 volunteers were joined by two of Reading’s MPs, several councillors and representatives from the local leisure centre and residents’ association. The next event is planned for the beginning of April. One of the priority tasks for Reading’s Tree Wardens is to identify their ‘Favourite Trees’ as part of the search that is taking place across the borough. These trees don’t have to be the biggest or the oldest tree in the borough, but all must have an interesting stories linked to them.

Two more new Tree Warden networks are in the offing – there are plans to launch one in Erewash in Derbyshire at the end of March and in North Somerset in mid May.