The Tree Warden Scheme is a national initiative co-ordinated by The Tree Council.
The aim is to encourage and support local people in planting and caring for trees in their community.
The Seaford group started about 10 years ago and we’re supported by the Town Council, Lewes District Council and East Sussex County Council. We’re funded by a grant from Seaford Town Council and donations from residents. All money raised goes towards planting and maintaining trees.
So far, we’ve planted over 1,300 trees in Seaford, including around 400 street trees, redesigned and replanted the beach garden on Marine Parade and planted 200m of tamarisk hedge at Splash Point.
Tree planting generally takes place twice a year, in Autumn and Spring.
These are community events involving as many residents in the neighbourhood as possible. If you’d like trees in your street, get in touch.
At the moment, we can only plant in grass verges, not in pavement tree pits and not all streets are suitable. There are a number of things which need to be looked into first, such as the width of the verge, overhead power lines and underground services.
We also have monthly TLC mornings over the summer when we go back to check on trees that have been planted. This can involve pruning, replacing stakes or ties and putting down new mats. It’s always a fun and sociable couple of hours and a chance to get outdoors and do something active.
Join the Tree Wardens:
As a community group we’re always looking for more residents to get involved. You don’t need to be a tree expert – just care about your community and our environment.
As well as the physical hands on stuff, there is the organising that goes on behind the scenes. This can range from surveying streets to contacting residents and coordinating the planting or tree care sessions.
Whatever time and skills you have we’d love to hear from you!
You can get in touch by email: SeafordTreeWardens@outlook.com or contact us on Facebook @SeafordTreeWardens