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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I have to pay to belong to the Surrey Tree Warden Network?

A. No, there is nothing to pay. Membership is free.

Q. How do I join?

A. By completing the membership form. You need to get an existing member to sponsor you.

Q. Do I need to be a tree expert to join?

A. Not at all. You just need the enthusiasm and time to do something for trees.

Q. Is there a badge or a T-shirt?

A. New Tree Wardens will receive a hi-viz jacket with Tree Warden – Volunteer on the back. They will also receive a copy of the Tree Warden handbook.

Q. Will I get training?

A. Yes. There is an ongoing training and events programme for the year. Please see our events page.

Q. What powers would I have?

A. Only those of the ordinary person. Tree Wardens are there to help, and cannot legally enforce specified action.

Q. Will I be on my own as a Tree Warden?

A. That 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.

Q. What sort of things will I do?

A. These vary according to the needs of the moment, your inclinations and any programme your local group might have. See ‘Being a Tree Warden’ for an idea of the range of activities we engage in.

Q. Do Tree Wardens cut down trees?

A. 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

Here are answers to some of the questions we get asked most often. If you think other entries are needed, please contact us.