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The Cornwall Parish Tree Warden Scheme

Interested in being a tree warden?

If you are interested in being a Tree Warden, please approach your Parish or Town Council in the first instance.

If you represent a Parish or Town Council and wish to know more, and/or wish to nominate a Tree Warden, then please email us at forestry@cornwall.gov.uk

Contact details for the Tree Council

Further information on the Tree Warden scheme and contact details are on the Tree Council website, or you can telephone on 020 7404 9992, or email: info@treecouncil.org.uk.

Read the Tree Warden Newletter

The Tree Warden Scheme is an initiative led by the Tree Council (a national registered charity). It is administered nationally by the Tree Council with the co-operation of Cornwall Council and the Parish and Town Councils. We have a number of dedicated tree wardens in Cornwall but the intention is to extend this network. Cornwall Council have carried out a series of awareness raising and training events for existing and potential tree wardens, and more are being planned for this year. Please check this page for updates. 

Tree Wardens don't need to be experts, only enthusiasts. Tree wardening can often happily be combined with other activities, such as taking children to school, exercising dogs and family walks. Some wardens have demanding jobs; others are unemployed or retired. No training or experience in tree management is needed - just a love of trees and a few hours to spare. 

The Tree Council provides each warden with access to training, resources and information  and Cornwall Council are proposing to offer some awareness raising and training courses, as well as keeping in touch through emails and newsletters.

Tree Wardens are local tree champions who plant, look after and raise awareness for trees in their patch. Tree Wardens work closely with their local community, and with local farmers and landowners. More can be found about the role on the Tree Council website and will be covered in the initial induction sessions. The details of these sessions will be sent directly to the parishes who express an interest.

Trees, woods and hedges are disappearing from our landscapes. Cornwall is one of the least wooded counties in the country. There are complex reasons for these losses including:

  • changes in farming practices
  • urban and historical industrial development
  • neglect
  • disease
  • storms and droughts

There are a number of increasing challenges affecting our trees, such as stress through climate change and new pests and diseases. These include the devastating effects of ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) and Phytophthora on trees such as beech, magnolia and rhododendron.

All these challenges highlight the finite life span of trees. There is a need for an ongoing programme which promotes natural regeneration and woodland management. We also need to plant trees that provide replacements for, as well as enhancing, existing stock. We need to take action now if future generations are to enjoy the beauty and variety of our landscapes. This action will most effectively be taken by the people who know their localities best and whose communities have most to gain from the protection and enhancement of their surrounding environment.

Monitoring the condition of trees is extremely important, and increasingly necessary with the onset of diseases such as ash dieback. Raising awareness of the responsibilities of landowners and managers is  also essential.

Further information can be found on the Useful Links and Publications page