Malinda Griffin, The Havant Tree Wardens’ coordinator, outlined a proposal for a ‘tree walk’ for Havant at a meeting in the Wheelright’s Arms on Monday evening, 15th October, to an enthusiastic group of 16 present.
Malinda Griffin outlined the work of the tree wardens across the Borough and passed round leaflets showing tree trails in other areas. A leaflet to download from a website is another option.
She also spoke about the importance of trees and hedgerows how trees are measured and various web sites where information can be found. She will circulate all the details to the chairman who will publish them on a new project page set up for the purpose.
Havant has a low tree canopy percentage but also has many magnificent trees. More mapping is needed. Malinda introduced Rob Foord who is the new Tree warden for Havant and has considerable expertise working with both environmental groups and the charity sector.
There was enthusiasm to set up a tree trail based around the historic town trail, extended to the New Lane cemetery in the North. The walk could link with others in surrounding areas such as Emsworth and Hayling.
Rob Foord will lead the group, Helen Boulden volunteered to be a link with Fairfield School and Bob Comlay will provide the HCS support. Bob will set a date for for a project kick-off meeting in November and will look to include a member of HBC’s Landscape Maintenance team.
Friends of the Earth, represented at the Wheelright’s by Ray Cobbett, have offered to make a donation to the project.