SOLIHULL TREE WARDENS
The Solihull Tree Wardens were formed in 2000 to serve and protect the local environment's trees, hedges and woodland. The Wardens belong to the Tree Warden Scheme which is a national initiative run by The Tree Council, that encourages people to play an active role in conserving and enhancing their local trees and woodlands.
My interest in the Tree Wardens began when I was told that an Ash tree, which was a focal point within its location for the community, was going to be felled. The reason to fell being that the owner resented having to sweep up the trees leaves every Autumn.
The owner did not realise at the time, that after they had the tree felled, the wildlife in their garden that they loved to watch would disappear. At the time they did not realise the value of this tree to the environment.
From then on my goal was to show others the values of keeping trees.
Ian Mills, Solihull Tree Warden
Current activities the group participate in:
Organising 'Tree Walks and Talks'
Tree planting and tree after care
Local woodland management
Street tree watering
Ongoing training with other regional Tree Warden groups
Liaising with the council's Tree Officers regarding tree concerns (disease, damage, vandalism)
Monitoring Tree welfare in Solihull, due to land encroachments from new housing and the HS2 railway project
Future plans for the group:
Supporting SMBCs 'Planting Our Future' campaign to plant a quarter of a million trees within the next ten years.
Encourage tree after care for all newly planted trees
Increase the diversity and understanding of our local trees and heritage to the community of Solihull
What does it take to become a Solihull Tree Warden?
Passion and a love of trees! Well we don't go round hugging trees, although we are told it's a respectable activity! Being a Warden is about sharing your enjoyment of trees with others. By Planting, Protecting and Promoting them.
What do you need to do?
Just look at the trees, in the streets and the parks by where you live. If you notice there is a problem with the tree i.e. it looks like it is dying, or it has been vandalised, you should report it to the Council's Tree Officers. If you know of a newly planted street tree nearby to where you live, you can help the tree to survive through the dry weather, whilst its in its early years of road side growth by keeping it watered. This will help its root system get established. We just help our trees to thrive and adapt to our ever changing environment.
If you would like to find out more, or if you would be interested in becoming a Solihull Tree Warden you can contact them via