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The Cornwall Parish Tree Warden Scheme

The Seed Fund for communities in Cornwall

The The Grow Nature Seed Fund supports small-scale projects that help create more space for nature.

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. In Cornwall we have a number of tree wardens but we are hoping through 2018 and beyond to revitalise the network and extend it. In May 2018 we are writing to Parish and Town Councils to asses interest and offer a series of awareness raising events for existing and potential tree wardens.

Trees, woods and hedges are disappearing from our landscapes. Cornwall is one of the least wooded counties in the country compared to much of the country nationally and the rest of Europe.

There are many causes of these losses including:

  • Agricultural change
  • Urban and industrial development
  • Neglect
  • Disease
  • Storms and droughts

There are a number of increased challenges that trees are facing - such as stress through climate change and new pests and diseases including ash die back and Phytophora species.

All these challenges highlight the finite life span of trees and the need for a continuing programme of promoting natural regeneration, of managing woodlands, and of planting trees as future replacements for and enhancement of existing stock. We need to take action now if future generations are to enjoy the beauty and variety of our landscapes. To be most effective, this action should be taken by people on the spot; the people who know their localities intimately and who have most to gain from the protection and enhancement of their environment.

In addition, monitoring the condition of trees and an awareness of responsibilities that landowners and managers have for their trees is important and not always appreciated.

Tree Wardens need not be experts, only enthusiasts, and 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.

The Tree Council provides each warden with a detailed information pack free of charge and we are proposing to offer some awareness raising and training courses, as well as keeping in touch through email news.

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 awareness raising sessions. The details of these sessions will be sent directly to the parishes who express and interest.

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

Contact details for the Tree Council

For further information on the Tree Warden scheme and contact details are on the Tree Council website.