Network developments

Seed Gathering Season marks network’s new phase

Peterborough Tree Warden Network is celebrating a new phase in its development – and Seed Gathering Season – with a special event in October.

Set up by Peterborough City Council, the network is now being run in partnership with Peterborough Environment City Trust’s Forest for Peterborough, whose new Project Officer, Joseph Durant, is now the local Tree Warden coordinator.

Joseph was introduced to Tree Wardening when, as a volunteer himself, he took part in the first training session that The Tree Council laid on at the beginning of this year as part of the Londoners Love Trees programme. He then went on to apply for the post in Peterborough, where Tree Warden co-ordinating is a key part of his brief.

As their first event under the new partnership, Tree Wardens will be heading out at 11am on 21 October for an Autumnal Woodland Walk, with the particular aim of collecting seeds. The walk will start from the Bretton Scout Headquarters in Hylees Spinney, Flaxland, Peterborough, PE3 8DL. It will include a tour of the local provenance oak trees to collect acorns for the Forest for Peterborough Project.

The sustainability charity, Peterborough Environment City Trust, is working in partnership with a number of city organisations to create the Forest for Peterborough – not a single woodland in one set place, but increased tree coverage in different areas all over the city. So there is a big part for Tree Wardens to play.

They will be celebrating National Tree Week with a series of planting days on sites across greater Peterborough.

For more information go to the Forest for Peterborough website ( or contact the Peterborough Tree Warden Coordinator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 01733 882 540.

Peterborough City Council Landscape Officer John Wilcockson and his daughter Holly planting a tree, pictured above right, illustrate the Forest for Peterborough slogan of “ a growing forest for a growing city”.