Energetic launch to London’s First Tree Warden Network

Ealing is the first London borough to launch a volunteer tree warden network under the new Londoners Love Trees initiative.

Volunteers plant trees
Cllr Bassam Mahfouz planting a new apple tree in Ravenor Park, Greenford launching Ealing's new Tree Warden Scheme

The network was launched at a tree planting event on Saturday, 3 December in Ravenor Park. Residents who are part of the council’s Streetwatchers scheme and local children attended the event and helped plant a community orchard. They were joined by Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, staff from Ealing Council and representatives from the Tree Council, which co-ordinates the national Tree Warden Scheme.

Tree wardens in Ealing are being recruited from Streetwatchers, Ealing’s environmental volunteers, and initially their main role will be to look out for new street trees that the council will plant during 2012.  Training for tree wardens will be provided by the Tree Council.

This event comes at the end of the Tree Council’s National Tree Week, which marks the start of the winter tree planting season.  It is also part of the Londoners Love Trees initiative where the Tree Council in partnership with Trees for Cities, The London Tree Officers Association and Barchams Trees, is working with the London boroughs. One of its aims is to create five new tree warden networks across the capital. This initiative is funded by the Mayor’s Team London volunteering programme and will result in 9,000 new trees planted across 15 London boroughs.Councillor Bassam Mahfouz said, “Trees are the lungs of our green borough and I’m proud that we’re the first London council to launch a Tree Warden Network under the new Londoners Love Trees initiative, enabling local residents who care about our greenery to help us keep them healthy. It was a fantastic launch with residents of all ages coming together and planting trees that will be around for generations to come and I look forward to working closely with our new Tree Wardens to keep Ealing the green Queen of the Suburbs.”

Margaret Lipscombe, Programme Director for The Tree Council said: “We are aiming to involve as many volunteers as possible in looking after the capital’s biggest environmental asset – its trees – so we’re delighted that Ealing now has a tree warden network. It’s a very good way to harness the enthusiasm of volunteers for their community’s trees in order to achieve really useful, positive action for the local environment.”

Any resident interested in volunteering as a Streetwatcher and a tree warden should contact Ealing Council’s Susan Wyatt. More information on Streetwatchers is available on the environment pages.

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