Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association

Wokingham Tree Warden Projects

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Elm Tree Planting

To celebrate the Tree Warden Scheme’s 30th Anniversary in 2020 the Tree Council offered thirty elm trees for planting by Tree Wardens in their local network areas. With the support of the Wokingham Town and Charvil Parish Councils, Alison Griffin and Sarah Swatridge of the Wokingham Tree Warden Network (part of the WDVTA) submitted applications for trees to be planted in Elms Field and Charvil Country Park. Despite the Tree Council receiving significantly more than 30 applications nationwide the two WDVTA submissions were successful.

On the 14th January the two Tree Council elms were were planted and on the 15th the Wokingham Society tree was also planted in Elms Field.

Delivery and planting of the trees was delayed from November due to Covid restrictions. Planting ceremonies planned for January have now been cancelled for the time being.

Woman smiling beside sapling
Charvil Tree Council elm
Groundsman beside sapling
Elms Field Tree Council elm
Tree sapling in a cage
Wokingham Society elm

The elm trees are Ulmus 'New Horizon'. They are expected to grow to a height of 12m with a canopy spread of 4.5m after 25 years. They are 100% resistant to Dutch elm disease, compatible with most soil types, resilient to urban conditions including waterlogging and will tolerate a wide range of temperatures. We have high hopes that they will become valued features of Wokingham's treescape in years to come.

Heritage Tree Project

WDVTA proposes to nominate some of Wokingham's trees as Heritage Trees in a similar way that notable buildings are given listed status.

The Heritage Status assessment procedure is described in detail on the TreeAZ website, where you will find guidance notes and a nomination form. TreeAZ is a methodology for assessing the importance of trees in the urban environment.

Well-known examples of Wokingham trees that could be eligible include the Montague House Oriental Plane, Wellingtonia Avenue and the Bound Oak at Arborfield. If you have ideas for nominations, do contact us.

The Hedge Tree Project

Introduction

Trees matter tag

Tree wardens and others are encouraged to look out for self-sown tree saplings in hedgerows that are subject to regular cutting. The aim of the project is to rescue these trees from the flail by "haloing" the sapling from competing vegetation and agreeing with land managers to prevent the continuous cutting of the trees. One successful project has been running to nurture young oak trees in hedges at Cantley Park.

Earley hedge tree 28

Tagged hedge tree 28 in a newly
planted hedge in Earley

Grazeley hedge trees

Hedge trees in Grazeley

For Tree Wardens, this project will mean looking at other features in the landscape, for example checking that there are no power wires above the hedge, and envisioning what the hedge tree's size could be like in the future. All hedge trees will be recorded on a form for a project database. Currently the veteran tree database has records of about 7 - 10% of hedge trees, so this project is seen as recruiting veteran trees for the future.

Letter to landowners

The WDVTA has drafted a short description of the Hedge Tree Project which can be used to support discussions with landowners.

Ash Health Monitoring Project

The Tree Council wants to create a national picture of the rate of Ash tree decline. All you have to do is take a photo of an individual Ash tree (or more than one tree) in your area once a year for up to six years, recording your action on a short form. The Tree Council will then collect and study the materials.