HCS and the Havant Tree Wardens kick-off a new joint project

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 spoke2968190994_1b845e66df_o 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.

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Meeting with the new Havant Tree Wardens – Monday 15th

Rob Foord, the new Tree Warden for Havant, and Malinda Griffin, The Havant Tree Wardens’ coordinator,  will outline their proposal for a ‘tree walk’ for Havant at a meeting in the Wheelright’s Arms on Monday evening, 15th October.D7C_7099

The Tree Warden scheme was set up by The Tree Council, the UK’s lead charity for trees, promoting their importance in a changing environment.  It was founded as the national tree planting campaign that would follow up the success of the campaign to “Plant A Tree In ’73”, encouraging action for trees and running National Tree Week.

With 34 Tree Wardens, the Havant Borough Tree Warden network has wardens in most areas, including Hayling Island, Emsworth, Waterlooville, Leighpark and Bedhampton. The HBTW network was re-established in 2006 and TWs are involved in the following activities: tree trails and publishing tree trail booklets, putting on tree exhibition, giving guided tree walks, giving talks about HBTW network, tree planting, seed collecting and planting projects with local (primary) schools, warning Tree Officer of threats to trees, supporting the establishment of Tree Preservation Orders.

Havant has been without a Tree Warden for a long while so this is a good opportunity for those of us who value the trees around us to get involved in the planning and development of this walk.   If you’re interested in joining us, the meeting will be held in the back room of the Wheelright’s from 6:30pm.