25th September 2021: Autumn Newsletter
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23rd July 2021: Summer Newsletter
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2nd April 2021: Highway Tree Planting
Some Tree Warden groups have hit upon obstacles concerning their highway tree planting under the 'Surrey's New Tree
Strategy' 2020 guidelines. If you haven't seen the guidelines yet you can view the document at
Highway planting is detailed from page 38. A meeting has taken place with the SCC Highways Manager to discuss the problems that have arisen, and a written response is expected. This is clearly a big issue for many Tree Wardens, and one that the Surrey Tree Warden Committee will follow up.
2nd April 2021: Spring Newsletter
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23rd December 2020: Chris Pead
Chris Pead, our well-respected friend, advisor, and long-time Secretary for the Surrey Tree Warden Network has recently taken the decision to resign from the group. His support over the years has been invaluable to its development and promotion.
Before working for Spelthorne Borough Council as Tree Officer, Chris trained at Kew and the knowledge he gained served us well over the years in our efforts to promote the importance of trees in our environment. Around the year 1999 he became very active in the formation of the local Spelthorne Group, sharing his knowledge, giving his advice, and gaining permission to plant trees. He was also heavily involved in the planning of Spelthorne’s Millennium Wood. His knowledge of trees is matched by his extensive knowledge of the wild and rare flowers of Surrey.
On his retirement from work Chris moved to Bexhill and still showed real commitment managing to attend the vast majority of meetings and training days whatever the weather.
We send our heartfelt thanks to Chris for his hard work and advice over the years. We are sure his love of trees will remain, and he will continue to gain satisfaction from knowing how much he has helped the cause in Surrey.
The picture opposite shows one of six black poplar planted by Chris and the Spelthorne Tree Wardens at the Millennium Wood, Shepperton in 2000.
25th November 2020: Autumn Newsletter
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5th July 2020: Summer Newsletter
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10th Mar 2020: Spring Newsletter
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15th Feb 2020: Curchods Estate Agents Offer Funding to Surrey Tree Wardens
Curchods have agreed to make funding available from April for tree wardens in Surrey. Any local group wanting to apply will need to have authorisations in place for highway trees or owners consent for other sites, together with all other arrangements in place before they finally apply. Curchods will be writing to each of the groups that has already expressed an interest, in order to invite an application. Contact us if you want to find out more.
11th Feb 2020: Surrey County Council guidelines for Highway Tree Planting and Verge Enhancement Schemes
19th Dec 2019: Surrey County Council – Facilitating the planting of 1.2 million new trees by 2030
On 9 July 2019 Surrey County Council declared a climate emergency, and committed to work with partners to agree Surrey's collective response, which will include a strategy for becoming carbon neutral as early as possible. As part of this, the council has committed to facilitate the planting of 1.2 million trees – one for every Surrey resident – by 2030. More details here.
25th Sep 2019: Autumn 2019 Newsletter
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Almost 3,000 tonnes of trees cut down on Surrey County Council land in 2018/19.
Nearly 3,000 tonnes of Ash trees were cut down on Surrey County Council land to be burned as fuel last year in a policy branded "utterly unacceptable" by campaigners.
The trees, which covered around 18 acres of the council's countryside estate managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust, were cut down between April 2018 and March 2019 because they were either affected by or at risk of ash dieback, Cllr Mike Goodman told the county's cabinet on Tuesday (September 24).
A freedom of information request previously found that 2,722 tonnes of wood from the felling had been sold for use in biomass power generation at a profit of £38,615, which environmental campaigners say contributes to global warming. It is not clear exactly how many trees were cut down.
Sally Blake, coordinator of Save Surrey Countryside, told councillors at Tuesday's meeting: "This has contributed a significant quantity of carbon emissions to the atmosphere, despite the United Nations' dire report on global warming in October 2018.