Wirral Tree Wardens
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Tree Wardening

This is a way for volunteers to play an active role in championing their local treescape. Tree Wardens can get involved with a range of activities, from practical projects such as planting and caring for trees to gathering information about local trees, campaigning for better tree protection and planning and developing imaginative projects to encourage others, including community groups, families and schools, to value their local trees and woods.

Wirral Tree Wardens

We operate on a voluntary basis within Wirral Environmental Network. There are voluntary tree warden groups across UK, co-ordinated by a charity, the Tree Council, which helps us increase public awareness of tree issues, including diseases and threats to our trees. http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/About-Us We are also members of the Orchard Network https://ptes.org/campaigns/traditional-orchard-project/orchard-network/ and The Conservation Volunteers http://www.tcv.org.uk/ We work closely with community, sustainability and environment groups and are keen to help with local tree issues and initiatives. There are meetings every second month, and regular practical projects. These activities are open to anyone to join in and we are very happy to swap skills and ideas.
We manage a demonstration orchard at Brimstage Hall as a countryside stewardship project to restore and conserve a traditional orchard with its associated wildlife and landscape. This is subject to planning applications as the landlords, Leverhulme Estates, are considering making a car park inside the orchard, to which we have made objections. More details are available on the Wirral Tree Wardens FaceBook page.

2017 Agenda


The dates set for 2017 are currently:

January Saturday 28th - Tree Planting at Dibbinsdale - 100 native species to be planted in an area previously suffering from tree losses prompt 10.30 start - bring packed lunch or lunch to share

February Saturday 4th - Pruning at the restored old orchard at Lees Lane Ponds (Little Neston)- 10.30 start. Hot drinks provided for all helpers with guidance on how to prune for newcomers.

Jan/Feb - midweek pruning at orchards throughout Wirral, for which help will be appreciated. Contact Dave at pdellwand@hotmail.com for details

February 8 - Wirral Tree Warden Planning Meeting - Garden Church, Serpentine Road, Wallasey, 7:30: looking at issues of park trees and planning midweek pruning days

February Sunday 12th - Pruning at Brimstage Orchard- 10.30 start. Tea and coffee provided for all helpers with guidance on how to prune for newcomers

February Saturday 18th - Pruning at Dibbinsdale Walled Garden Orchard - 10.30 start. Tea and coffee provided for all helpers with guidance on how to prune for newcomers. Bring lunch to share and in the afternoon there is some preparation for further tree planting of walnuts and quinces in the arboretum.

February 25th - Tree Planting at Lees Lane Ponds - 10.30 start

March Saturday 11th - Apple tree grafting workshop at Dibbinsdale - learn to graft varieties of Cheshire/Lancashire heritage apples and pears

March Saturday 25th - Apple tree grafting workshop at Lees Lane - learn to graft varieties of Cheshire/Lancashire heritage apples and pears

April Thursday 6th - Wirral Tree Warden Planning Meeting - Garden Church, Serpentine Road, Wallasey, 7:30: planning for fundraising and forming a working group for the event at Royden Park Servery.

May (date not yet determined) - Walk in the Woods: looking at trees and landscapes in late spring/early summer

May 6th & 7th - Royden Park Servery: making and selling refreshments to raise funds for tree warden activities: donations of cakes, etc. very welcome!

May Sunday 14th - Oxton Secret Gardens: this raises funds for local charities and for tree planting in the Oxton conservation area (http://oxtonsociety.org.uk/wp/secret-gardens-2015/)

June Tuesday 6th - Wirral Tree Warden Planning Meeting - Garden Church, Serpentine Road, Wallasey, 7:30: planning Summer pruning days at orchards and tree survey activities

June/July/August tbc - Summer pruning days at Brimstage, Dibbinsdale, Lees Lane, Apple Avenue & Hoylake Parks

August Wednesday 23rd - Wirral Tree Warden Planning Meeting - Garden Church, Serpentine Road, Wallasey, 7:30: planning harvesting and Apple Days at orchards, Farmers Markets, Parks and allotment open days

August/November: apple days, fruit harvesting: dates tbc
(Apple days are activities, mostly in UK, to celebrate everything to do with apple trees and orchards, which are both a way of keeping older, heritage and local varieties in cultivation and important wildlife habitats https://ptes.org/campaigns/traditional-orchard-project/orchard-network/apple-day/)

September 8/9th (tbc?) - Earth Fest, West Kirby, St. Bridgets [link?]

October Thursday 19th - Wirral Tree Warden Planning Meeting - Garden Church, Serpentine Road, Wallasey, 7:30: planning harvesting and Apple Days at orchards, Farmers Markets, Parks and allotment open days

December Tuesday 5th - Wirral Tree Warden Planning Meeting - Garden Church, Serpentine Road, Wallasey, 7:30: planning dates for 2018 meetings and activities.

Meeting details


Tea and coffee from 7.15pm, meeting starts 7.30pm.
Come and find out more about Tree Wardens, raise issues of local concern and help plan related events.

Meetings are held at the Serpentine Road Family Church (also known as the Garden Church,100, Liscard Road, Wallasey, CH44 0AA)

For more details about tree wardens, email: genevieve_w@msn.com or leave a telephone message for tree wardens at Wirral Environmental Network, 0151 639 2121.

Planning meetings are open to everyone and are attended by anyone who wants to have a say in how the Tree Wardens runs, we set meeting dates, planting dates and sites, work days, workshops, etc. We welcome any members attending, either as individuals or as representatives of Friends of.. groups and are happy to help with any tree project or issue you may have.

Lunch, tea and coffee are provided on work days in Brimstage. Please bring own tools and gloves, wear stout boots and old warm clothing.

Social dates like wassails or visits or workshops, we advise you bring lunch, normally a bring a plate to share communal meal.