we're part of the Wirral Environmental Network, and we support the work in the UK of the Tree Council and the Woodland Trust. We work with conservation volunteers, schools, park rangers, and the many "Friends" organisations that get neighbours active in the parks, open spaces, hedgerows, roadside verges and the loved, but often neglected, areas of our Borough, the Wirral Peninsula
We try to have lots of active meetings to explore our area's trees and woods, lots of projects and collaborations on the go at all times that keep us focussed on the trees we enjoy, to be a good balance with the business meetings which are an inevitable part of how we share information, plan projects and campaign for tree preservation and retention in the face of all the changes and developments in a thriving area, but where local authorities have to make cuts and decisions which can place trees as a lesser priority than we'd like.
we need time and expertise: not excessive, but as much as you enjoy giving.
Our fundraising is basic: sales of refreshments once or twice a year at the Servery at Royden Park including donated cakes and biscuits. Can you help us do more to raise funds?
We need more people to help us with work projects, and expertise in getting our tree-promoting messages to the public in a way that's more sharply focussed and more inspirational.
Watch out for
We have a full programme of volunteer activities in our calendar. -
we can have limited activities, keeping social distancing, either on-line, in your own gardens, or in ones and twos while exercising.
We've still been working wth other partners in the Wirral Initiative on Trees to create a Strategy for Trees, Hedgerows and Woodlands for Wirral, to shape policy for the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral
we're preparing a massive citizen-science project to record (and help preserve) our local trees
We hope the autumn will bring more heritage open days about our tree heritage and Apple Days and Autumn Walks in the Woods
We'll hopefully join in celebrations of the volunteer work at projects in New Ferry, Ness Gardens, Lees Lane, West Kirby and more. Some will be on line, as public events have been cancelled, in some cases, until 2021
meanwhile, look at our new Tree Planting section for some ideas about safe working to grow on more trees
it's not about tree hugging, although I'm told that's a perfectly respectable activity - one of the tree wardens does it regularly to check on bats living in hollows in trees, BUT it is about sharing your enjoyment of trees with others.
We need more tree wardens and friends to keep an eye on the treescape in our area,
- perhaps looking at trees in parks, gardens and roadsides when walking your dog
- perhaps by being the "tree champion" in your community group, school parents group, or business, and look at the advantages in bringing trees into any spaces you have or use
-perhaps by being active in any of the "Friends of.." groups and using the network of Tree Wardens to add to the work of your organisation. Most parks, wildlife and conservation areas, museums, libraries and heritage sites have such groups, and we're really delighted when we have a chance to work alongside them and add more trees into their activities
The Wirral Strategy for Trees, Hedgerows and Woodlands is launched:
with support from local and national organisations CLICK
Wirral Strategy for Trees, Hedgerows and Woodlands can be downloaded from here.
Wirral TreeWardens Network: we're planning our calendar of events and have been tidying up the trees at Brimstage, call Dave for dates on pdellwand at hotmail.com. or check our calendar
But the big one is community planting of many thousand trees in Wirral, Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales, while keeping social distancing and safety uppermost - watch out for news!!
We work closely with:
We are sorry that as a result of assessing the increased risks from the local rise in Covid 19 infections, we had to cancel the Brimstage Hall Orchard Apple Day on Saturday 12th September. Thanks to everyone who offered to help and provide a display of orchard-related crafts.
Thanks to everyone who is fostering trees for future planting. Wirral Council is identifying a number of sites for planting which will be ready for circulation in the next weeks. We'd welcome other suggestions for areas for planting, which will enable us to check we've the right places for the right trees. Many "foster-parents" have asked to adopt their trees in suitable gardens, fields, school sites and workplaces - we'll send out guidance in mid-October about this!
Tree Wardens: Brimstage