You are not expected to be an expert in trees, woodlands and hedgerows, but should have a particular interest in them. That, and a willingness to devote the necessary time and energy, is all that we look for.

You will probably have gathered that being a Tree Warden is a position of trust and responsibility. As a Tree Warden your actions reflect on the scheme nationally and on our local organisation. The executive committee may with good reason terminate the membership of any individual.

To become a Surrey Tree Warden, please complete the application form electronically. Once we receive your completed form, we will send you an information pack, as well as details of training and events. Where possible we will put you in touch with a local group or Tree Warden.
  • Do I have to pay to belong to the Surrey Tree Warden Network?
    No, there is nothing to pay. Membership is free.
  • How do I join?
    By completing the application form below. You will then be contacted by email.
  • Do I need to be a tree expert to join?
    Not at all. You just need the enthusiasm and time to do something for trees.
  • Is there a badge or a T-shirt?
    Hi-viz jackets with 'Tree Warden – Volunteer' on the back are available for a small donation.
  • Will I get training?
    Yes. There is an ongoing training and events programme for the year. Please see our events page.
  • What powers would I have?
    Only those of the ordinary person. Tree Wardens are there to help, and cannot legally enforce specified action.
  • Will I be on my own as a Tree Warden?
    This is unlikely. There are a few ‘singleton’ Wardens but most belong to a local group. We will put you in touch with your local group or a local Tree Warden.
  • What sort of things will I do?
    These vary according to the needs of the moment, your inclinations and any programme your local group might have. See ‘Becoming a Tree Warden’ for an idea of the range of activities we engage in.
  • Do Tree Wardens cut down trees?
    Generally only as part of coppice management or organised woodland management. We do not advocate Tree Wardens cutting down other peoples trees as part of their role as there are qualified and insured skilled contractors for such works. Only Tree Wardens qualified to do this sort of work would get involved. However Tree Wardens would be able to give impartial advice and guide people in appointing a local tree surgeon.
All new members are provided with information on training so that they can be more effective in their role. The Tree Council is developing training material for us to use on the following themes: Tree Warden Induction, Trees and the Law, Tree Biology, Threats and Challenges, Tree Planting, Managing and Caring for Trees, Tree Health, and Organising Tree Events and Projects. As well as this targeted training, new members can get on-the-job training by working with more experienced Tree Wardens.
Please fill out the application form and send to us.


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