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Tree warden scheme

Tree wardens are volunteers who monitor and survey trees in South Gloucestershire.  They play an invaluable role in safeguarding trees on land proposed for development.

Our tree warden scheme encourages direct involvement in protecting and monitoring trees within the district.  The scheme is made up of local volunteers who are provided training to undertake surveys of trees that may be under threat from development.

The surveying involves locating trees in the landscape, identifying the species, age, height and crown spread, condition of the stem, branches and foliage and the visual amenity (the contribution it makes to a local area/environment) of the tree.  This information is then used by our tree officers when dealing with tree preservation orders (TPO).

There is a current network of over 30 wardens within the district, who come together to be trained and go out into the field to undertake surveys.  In addition to the training, tree survey guidance notes are available.

If you are interested in becoming a tree warden or wish to discuss it further please email

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