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Tree Warden Scheme

What is a tree warden?

The Tree Council’s Tree Warden Scheme is aimed at helping people to play a role in the conservation and enhancement of local trees and woods.  Tree Wardens are volunteers appointed by their local parish to gather information about their local trees, get involved in tree matters and encourage other members of the community to take part in practical projects to do with trees and woods. 

Tree WardenWhat does being a tree warden involve?

Some of their tasks may include completing surveys of their local trees, alerting local authorities to any potential threats they uncover (such as a diseased tree), acting as a community liaison, helping to answer queries such as how to deal with a damaged tree or working with schools to create conservation areas and organizing guided tree walks.

Could I become a tree warden?

Anyone is able to join the scheme, and it suits anyone who would like to learn a little more about conservation and the environment.  A series of fun and relaxed one day training courses are run in conjunction with Local Authorities. These courses cover topics such as tree identification and woodland ecology.  

For further information about the scheme and how to become a tree warden please contact: 
The Tree Council, 71 Newcomen Street, London, SE1 1YT, telephone 020 7407 9992, website:

West Sussex County Council, telephone: 01243 756888 or (contact: Julie Bolton on 033022 26446 ), email:, website:

The current Tree Warden in Burgess Hill is:
Councillor Janice Henwood, 01444 257408, email:

‘If you are interested in becoming a Tree Warden in the Burgess Hill area then please contact Julie Bolton, Tree and Woodland Officer at WSCC email