Holy Trinity CofE Primary School collaboration

Surrey Heath Tree Wardens aim to provide education on the benefits of conservation and the protection of the environment.  We do this through talks and presentations to Schools, Community Groups and Public Events. As part of this strategy, we have rolled out our Education Programme to all state Infant and Junior schools in Surrey Heath involving Heads, Governors, Teachers and Eco Champions.   The programme will ensure that Surrey Heath’s children are able to understand the value of trees to the entire community.

SHTW provided four new apple trees to extend the small orchard at Holy Trinity CoE Primary School, West End. These were cared for by Yvette, the local tree warden during the Summer. Our thanks go to David Elliott for providing transport of the trees and to Hilliers’ Garden Centre in Sunningdale for sponsoring one of the trees. Planting took place on 15th September with several members of the community and Deputy Head Liz Ambrose. Social distances were observed of course!

In the Autumn, we plan to have a working party at Holy Trinity School to plant nearly 200 saplings obtained though The Woodlands Trust – (2 x Small Hedge (60 saplings), Medium Wild Wood (105 saplings). 

Tree planting!

20/09/2020 Author: Savitri Kegge

Planned recommencing of operations for 13th August

We will be enforcing a 5m distancing rule and, for the time being, we will not be able to supply our regular teas, coffees, chocolates and biscuits, so please bring your own, plus a mug!

With regard to equipment, this will be allocated, depending on the job, at the start, and will not be allowed to be swapped during the session. At the end of each session all equipment will be disinfected (already purchased).  Please as most people do anyway, bring your own stout gloves and shoes / boots.

Whilst working in public spaces, via new signage, we will be asking the public to avoid our areas of work.

We believe that being outdoors, in the sunshine (hopefully), getting some valuable exercise should present an excellent healthy environment——— plus of course  other like-minded people to “shout” at from at least a 5m distance!

Our work sites from the restart subject to dates, will of course be Warren Wood and some fruit tree planting at Holy Trinity School at West End.

I can tell you that we will stick to the Warren Woods date format for work parties as the second Thursday and third Saturday of each month, 10:00 till 13:00 hrs,  for August it will be Thursday 13th and Saturday 15th of that month. Please get the dates onto the kitchen diary / calendar! I will write again nearer the time, however enjoy your Summer till then.

Please take care and stay safe!

19/06/2020 Jerry Brownlee

Covid-19 update

A warm welcome to all our members and site visitors.

In light of Government recommendations, public right of way will be temporarily restricted during working hours, to respect the safety of both volunteers and the public.  Normal PPE will be distributed on site, but not gloves, the strict adhering of 5 metre distancing between individuals will be encouraged. The work we hope to conduct includes general tidying of brash piles and maintenance of laurel and holly, respecting  nesting birds of course. We continue to follow the advice and guidance from Government and will respond appropriately to future developments, prioritising the safety of our volunteers and workers.

Please keep an eye on the web site and Facebook Pages

26/05/2020 Authors Issy Gould and Jerry Brownlee

Our Annual AGM

Our AGM this year will be on  Monday 17th February 2020 at the Half Moon Public House, Church Road, Windlesham, GU20 6BN. Times 19:00 to 21:00hrs. Our Guest of Honour will be The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Robin Perry. Please note voting rights are only given to members who have actively supported the Charity during the past year. Our Guest Speaker will be Phil Green, a local Tree Surgeon talking on the subject of the Life and Travails of the job. Otherwise known as the Highs and Lows of the career!

All interested, please come along, member or not, you will be most welcome!

01/02/2020 Author: Jerry Brownlee.

Surrey County Council declares Climate Emergency

In light of the Prime Minister’s recent announcement to eradicate the UK’s net contribution to Climate Change by 2050, Surrey County Council has officially declared a Climate Emergency. The results from a full council meeting held on Tuesday, 9th July, can be summated into the three following points. 

  1. Committing actions to support both businesses and local authorities in their efforts to combat Climate Change.
  2. Recognising the importance and value of trees in slowing the pace of Climate Change and providing vital habitats for wildlife
  3. Managing verges for wildlife in order to increase biodiversity and effectively communicate to local residents the importance of road verges for wildlife habitats.

19.09.2019 Author: Issy Gould

Evening tour led by Surrey Heath Green Spaces

On the 30th July the Surrey Heath Green Spaces Team led by Gordon Voller very kindly hosted an excellent 3 hour evening ramble through the woods and heathland of Lightwater Country Park, including a meet the goats session! Our party of 16 enjoyed a most informative time which hopefully we can repeat again another day. Please see below for a few pictures taken throughout the evening.

13.07.2019. Author: Jerry Brownlee.

Holy Trinity tree planting event

In early November West End Trees wardens and some volunteers planted over 100 young saplings in the woodland area on the grounds of Holy Trinity Primary School, Benner Lane, West End. The trees were supplied by The Woodland Trust as part on a nationwide tree planting initiative. Four types of trees were planted, Downy Birch, Goat Willow, Crab apple Hazel and Hawthorn.

A further 100 trees are also due to be planted this month, which, as they mature, will provide a natural barrier between the school playing fields and the newly built housing estate adjacent to the school.  We are hoping to also get some fast-growing ivy and holly to be part of this barrier.

24/11/2020 Author: Savitri Kegge