Kingswear Tree Warden:
Ash die back:
Tel: 01803 752340
The Tree Warden scheme is a national initiative of volunteers co-ordinated by the Tree Council and operating in local Tree Warden Networks.To find out more about the Tree Council, please visit their website.
What is the Tree Warden Network? Tree Wardens are volunteers, providing their own time to share a passion for trees using their own knowledge and experience.
Tree Wardens make an important contribution towards supporting the management of protected trees and ensuring that trees matter. They work hard to champion trees and woods, offer informal advice to residents, and highlight issues of national and local importance such as the current ash dieback threat.
Tree Wardens often work with the South Hams District Council tree officers, parish councils and voluntary organisations. At a Parish Council level, this might include providing specific comments on protected tree applications. They can also help by directing residents to useful information, professional bodies or the District Council's tree specialists on matters of tree protection.
What can a Tree Warden not help with? Although the Tree Wardens have excellent levels of understanding, they are not a substitute for qualified arboriculturists. Tree Wardens are not covered by public indemnity insurance, which is important when discussing tree safety issues, or advising about trees which are suffering from diseases such as ash dieback. For that reason, we will always advise that residents are directed to a suitably qualified tree surgeon or aboricultural consultant.
Ash dieback is a disease affecting ash trees in our countryside and towns. It threatens to wipe out over 90% of Britain’s native ash species and is likely to cause safety issues that need to be managed by landowners in high-risk areas.
Across our network in Devon we have many ash trees which if left untreated could potentially cause a significant hazard. That's why in Devon we will be removing trees infected with ash dieback that pose a risk to the highway, over the next 5 years, these works will take place in all areas.
My Tree, My Responsibility
Landowners with trees adjacent to the 8,000 miles of public highway in Devon are being encouraged to take urgent action to assess and take appropriate action to deal with infected ash trees where necessary.
Information on My Tree, My Responsibility can be found here.
How to report a dangerous tree
What to look out for when identifying a dangerous tree can be found here. To report a dangerous tree please use Devon County Council's report a problem page.