I have been the Pembridge Parish Tree Warden for almost 30 years now and I have learned a lot about Trees and People!
The guiding principles I have used are:
- Respond to Planning applications.
- Give tree advice.
- Be aware of and encourage removal of danger.
- Be aware of drains and other public services and the effect on them by trees.
- Be aware of the effects of light/view of certain trees on the property and neighbours and to understand the effect on landscape.
- Be aware of the fall of seeds and leaves in the gutters/roofs/drains of the property and neighbours.
- Understand the growth rates and habit of different trees.
- Understand the basic diseases of trees.
- Understand the historical importance of trees (memorial, church, special plantings or just fragments of old orchards, gardens or boundaries)
- Understand the wildlife associated with trees.
- Know the uses trees can be put to.
- Encourage the shaping and maintenance of trees.
- Help to teach people (especially the young) about trees.
- Encourage tree planting – the right trees in the right place.
- Your village is a very managed place and one has to recognise that inappropriate trees have been planted or development/infrastructure has taken place near old tree plantings or just that small trees grow big.
- Help maintain /improve the wider landscape of the parish
- Explain the planning system/felling licenses/grants etc
- Record special trees, Veteran, Ancient, memorial etc.
- Seek further advice on trees where any of the above are not understood.
- Be answerable to the Parish Council!