EAST ANGLIAN REGIONAL TREE WARDENS’ FORUM – ADVANCE NOTICE
I have just completed the arrangements for this year’s Regional Forum and thought I would give you as much notice as possible.
The Forum will be held on Sunday 6 October 2019 at Reedham Village Hall in Norfolk and a location map will be published with registration forms in August/September.
The programme will be as follows
09.30 Registration with coffee and biscuits.
10.00 Welcome by John Fleetwood, Broadland Tree Warden Network Co-ordinator
10:05 Introduction by Sara Lom, CEO at the Tree Council
10.15 “Norfolk County Council’s Ash Dieback Policy”, Iestyn Griffith, Arboricultural and Woodland Officer, Norfolk County Council
10:55 Comfort break
11.05 Report on the Tree Council’s Pilot Advisory Group by John Fleetwood, East Anglian Regional Representative.
11:15 Tree Warden Activities in Epping Forest by Kevin Mason.
11:25 Tree Warden activities in other Networks in the region.
11:35 “Trees and Ecology in the Norfolk Broads”, Gerry Barnes, Honorary Fellow, School of History, University of East Anglia.
12.20 The Tree Council update on the latest news on tree health initiatives and other news
13.00 Buffet lunch
13.45 Convene and depart for a site visit to Wood Farm, Low Farm Road, Reedham. An ancient woodland site. It will be an organised walk with knowledgeable walk leaders.
15.50 Return to Reedham village hall for final closing words, a cup of tea and a piece of cake.
16.30 Close and depart.
I hope to see many of you there.
Pauline Williamson TW Cotessey along with Friends of the Tud Valley has organised a Bluebell event on Saturday 11th May at East Hills Wood. Why not enjoy a walk after our AGM?
Our AGM will take place at 10:30 Saturday 11th May at Poringland Community Centre. All South Norfolk Tree Wardens are welcome to attend.
If you are interested in attending please book directly with the Forestry Commission
The newly revised UK Forestry Standard is the internationally recognised reference standard for sustainable forest management in the UK. But how well do you know UKFS requirements? Do you know why forest biodiversity is so important? Are you connecting people with woodlands, realising the benefits to communities as well as for woodland owners?
Forests & Biodiversity #1*
28th January 2019
Hill Holt Wood, Lincoln
Forests & Biodiversity #2*
29th January 2019
Lynford Hall, Mundford, Norfolk
Forests & People #1*
26th March 2019
Hill Holt Wood, Lincoln
Forests & People #2*
27th March 2019
Lynford Hall, Mundford, Norfolk
*Each seminar is run once in Lincoln and once in Norfolk
The remaining two modules are Biodiversity and People. Leading experts will take you through the UKFS Standard, why it says what it does and how to ensure you are meeting it.
To book the UK Forestry Standard Masterclass Programme please use this link: [Book online now.]
The UKFS underpins forestry planning and management, from commercial coniferous plantations to ancient woodlands, from planning new planting to managing felling operations. It is the pre-cursor to all government grant applications and management planning. As a professional, you need to know it well.
The programme is recognised by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) as Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and each successful course attendee will receive a Certificate of Completion by the accredited training company UK Rural Skills. There is a charge of £60 (+VAT) per person for each course, which will include breakfast and lunch. [Further Information]
Carleton Rode Community Wood Project -An Invitation
We have been invited to view the work that has been undertaken in Carleton Rode Community Wood. The details are below. If you wish to attend please confirm to Peter Jeffrey directly. firstname.lastname@example.org
Message: Two years ago Carleton Rode Parish Council initiated a community wood project and on Saturday, June 23, 2018, we are having a summer solstice celebration in that community wood. Along with parishioners and others we would like to invite South Norfolk tree wardens to come along and see what has happened in the wood during the last two years. The event will run from noon onwards through the afternoon and visitors are invited to bring a picnic and chair at a time of their choosing and join in the activities in the wood. If you can only manage a shorter visit we shall have some light refreshments available.
The wood is relatively small and is situated in Cherry Tree Road, Carleton Rode [TM 101 904]. This is off the B1113 The Turnpike shortly before entering New Buckenham from the Norwich direction. Post code NR16 1NL will get you close. At the crossroads of The Turnpike with Cherry Tree Road and Upgate Street turn into Cherry Tree Road and the wood is situated after about 400 yards on the left. Please note that there are no toilet facilities.
On display will be maps and photographs illustrating the history of the wood and the regeneration work that has been undertaken by working parties of volunteers. This has included the dredging of a large pond which is now, thanks to the recent snow and rain, higher than it has been for many years. We’re hoping the pond will start showing signs of coming back to life in the warmer weather. Also we shall have the results of recent bird and animal surveys and what has been happening with our bat, bird and owl boxes.
Volunteers will be on hand to explain what has happened in the last two years and what we have in mind for the future.
An idea of the number of wardens, family members and friends who are likely to attend before June 10 would be very much appreciated.
Peter Jeffery, Clerk, Carleton Rode Parish Council. [email@example.com]
Suffolk Tree Warden Network Spring Forum
This is a reminder about the Suffolk Tree Warden Network Spring Forum and first AGM – celebration & lunch – on Saturday 14 April.
This is the first event organised by Suffolk Tree Warden Network and will be held at Red Feather Club & Redlingfield Wood, Denham, near Eye.
We have arranged exciting and gifted speakers with talks by Jon Stokes (Tree Council) & Tom Brown (Green Light Trust).
A short AGM will be followed by plenty of opportunity to exchange ideas, concerns and potential solutions.
After lunch you will have a great opportunity to join themed walks in David Mitchell’s wonderful Redlingfield Wood.
To book your place is just £5 (including lunch) by bank transfer or cheque sent with your booking form to John Russell our treasurer.
Please book your place ASAP so we can organise the catering!
I look forward to seeing you on 14 April.
acting chair Suffolk Tree Warden Network
Tel 01379 672987
Weird and Wonderful Wood May 2018
For more information on this event Click here
FREE TREE HEALTH SEMINARS
Calling all Tree Officers and Tree Wardens: stay informed on the latest tree health news/research.
09:00 – 12:30 breakfast provided (but not lunch)
We are holding three seminars aimed at Tree Officers and Tree Wardens to bring you up to date on the existing and potential tree health threats, particularly those facing us in the East and East Midlands.
These events will provide a horizon scanning session on potential threats that are on our doorstep, such as Xylella fastidiosa and there will be an interactive biosecurity workshop session. The Tree Health team will talk about how we can identify report and thus reduce the impact of pests and diseases. Each seminar will feature a local area tree health concern with a detailed update from national experts:
· 8th March 2018: Winthorpe Community Centre, Newark; Acute Oak Decline: Dr Sandra Denman
· 15th March 2018: Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell; Phytophthora ramorum Dr Joan Webber
· 22nd March 2018: Honington & Sapiston Village Hall, Suffolk; Oak Processionary Moth: Millie Toft
To register for a place, please reply to this email firstname.lastname@example.org East and East Midlands Forest Services or telephone Teresa on 0300 067 4574 by 21st February 2018. Joining instructions and agenda will be sent out nearer the date.
PLEASE pass this invitation on to all your contacts for whom it may be relevant
Dear Fellow Tree Wardens and Friends,
I am sorry for the slightly short notice but it has taken some while to confirm this event.
I am delighted to invite you to an illustrated talk followed by an informative and practical walk ‘n talk by Jamie Foster.
Jamie is a Tree Surgeon who works throughout our area and has, for a number of years, been cataloging and reporting the increased incidence of diseases in our native trees. He has, through practical research, built up a comprehensive knowledge of the impact of these diseases on our trees. He will show us how to spot diseases at an early stage and advise us on what to do and what not to do.
This is an opportunity not to be missed to gain knowledge of and some insight into the most important and pressing problems affecting our work as Tree Wardens.
The morning will start at 10am prompt at The Community Centre Poringland NR14 7WB (behind Budgens Supermarket off the Bungay Road). We will then walk around the ongoing 5 year programme of works that Jamie is undertaking in the nearby Poringland Community Woodland to take down diseased Oak, Ash and Wild Cherry. The morning will end at an unspecified time…..but come dressed for whatever the weather.
There is a cafe in the Centre for purchasing refreshments and light lunches if required.
Calm Festival 2017
This festival takes place next to the George & Dragon, Thurton, Norfolk. A lot of the tree planting was undertaken with the support and advice of the South Norfolk Tree Warden Network. For more information visit their website
Regional Tree Warden Forums
The regional Tree Warden Forums are taking place this Autumn.This year the East Anglian Forum takes place in Suffolk on 30th September. For more information click here
For the 2nd year we shall be attending South Norfolk on Show to promote our network & trees!
Pauline Williamson is kindly inviting the SNTW Network to visit her woodlands at Costessey on Saturday 15th July for an enjoyable walking tour and explanation of the ongoing project to recover and improve the woodlands for community use. More details to follow but please make a note in your diary.
Chris Brooks of Scole will be organising an event in September/October to explain how he and his community have acquired land and are transforming it into a community asset through ‘wilding’ and making access paths as well as planting trees and hedges. His work won Chris the South Norfolk Community Award in the Environment section this year.
Wild About East Hill Wood
Pauline Williamson, Cotessey Tree Warden and her team are organising a family friendly event on Saturday 6th May. Full details are on the flyer below.
Picnic BBQ at Scole Sunday 8th July
Chris Brooks, Scole Tree Warden is organising a “Bring you own food ” BBQ and picnic in Scole. The event will start at 3:00pm. More details will be available soon – so return to this page and be sure not to miss this fundraising event.
Weird & Wonderful Wood 2017
For more information about this event Click here
Wednesday 7th December
An Invitation from Suffolk Tree Warden Network
Dear Fellow Tree Warden,
Please find below an invitation to a meeting. I will be attending to talk and advise on setting up independent tree warden networks. It seems Suffolk District Councils are looking to go the same way as South Norfolk.
It looks an interesting and informative day so, if you are able to go, please book directly as advised. Maybe we can organise car share?
With best wishes
Dear Tree Warden,
I am writing to invite you to our Tree Warden Winter Get-Together on Wednesday 7thDecember.
We have a great day planned at Cockfield Village Hall (located between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury).
The event is being hosted by the Tree Warden for Cockfield, Robin Morley, together with The Friends of Earl’s Meadow.
Jon Stokes, from The Tree Council will also be there to lead on what we hope will be a lively discussion on the future of Tree Wardening in East Anglia.
I have attached the details for the day, including the booking form and running order. Also attached is a location plan with directions to Cockfield.
Please let me know me by the 30th November if you are able to attend. You can either do this by posting the form or emailing me with your response. Alternatively you can phone Frances Jannaway (Tree Warden for Thornham Magna) on 01379 672 987 with your acceptance, or if you have any questions regarding the day’s proceedings.
I do hope you can attend this event, which will be a lovely mix of walking, talking and learning at a very interesting site. Expert help will be on hand for winter twig identification and warming soup on offer at the Village Hall on our return.
Sunday 16th October
To register for this FREE event follow the link above
Thursday 13th October
This talk, taking place in Poringland, may be of interest to Network members. For more information on this, and the British Trust for Ornithology go to www.bto.org
Saturday 24th September
East Anglian Tree Warden Forum
Or to avoid delay book your place and pay on The Tree Council website,
Saturday & Sunday 23rd/24th July
Strumpshaw Tree Fair
Sunday 17th July: South Norfolk Show
We shall be attending this event. This is a great opportunity to promote the work of Tree Wardens and possibly recruit some more volunteers. We will provide a tree identification quiz and some general educational material. If you would like to lend a hand on the day then Contact Us or just turn up and enjoy the day.
Our first event will be an introductory meeting on Monday 11th April at 7:00pm. This will be held at South Norfolk Council offices in Long Stratton.