The Tree Warden Scheme
Wiltshire Tree Wardens are part of the National Tree Warden Scheme, encouraging people to conserve and enhance their local trees and woods.
The scheme was founded by the Tree Council as a result of the great storm of 1987, in which around 15 million trees were lost, The Tree Council saw the need for a network of local groups that would look after and take action for trees locally.
Wiltshire Council's Rights of Way & Countryside Team coordinates the scheme for Wiltshire, organising events and training days for the volunteers. Over the last couple of years the scheme has gone from strength to strength and there are now approximately sixty five Tree Wardens in Wiltshire.
Tree Wardens are volunteers, appointed by parish councils or other community organisations, who work closely with professionals, tree officers and other members of the local authority. Tree Wardens act as the 'eyes and ears' of trees in their locality. Their activities include gathering information, growing, planting and protecting trees, and developing imaginative projects with local schools and communities, spreading knowledge about trees and their management.