Green-fingered team to branch out across town
Saltash will benefit from four volunteer tree wardens to help oversee the protection of existing trees and the planting of new trees throughout the town.
7th July 2021
By Suzanne Cleave
Saltash will now benefit from four volunteer tree wardens to help oversee the protection of existing trees and the planting of new trees throughout the town.
The town council recently approved the appointment of the wardens, who will be a great asset for the area.
The wardens are volunteers not experts but enthusiasts, and experienced in growing, planting and caring for trees themselves.
The group consists of Derek Holley, Adrian White, Jo Allen and Tim Snell. Adrian said: “We all appreciate trees not just because they look impressive, especially when they’ve got their bright new leaves in spring or their wonderful yellow, red and orange shades in autumn.”
“They improve the look of the place and actually increase the selling price of your house! And they are increasingly recognised for the part they play in the battle against climate change they shelter us from strong wind or sun, they reduce flooding, and they sequester carbon dioxide.”
The wardens’ main role has been advising Saltash Town Council on applications to work on trees which are covered by a Tree Preservation Order.
The town council has always tried to protect trees in Saltash and resist any unnecessary or excessive work, though the final decision rests with Cornwall.
In difficult cases, the wardens discuss the proposals with the professional tree officer at Cornwall Council.
The wardens are also on the lookout for new areas to plant trees, whether individuals or larger woods.
Adrian added: “Saltash is lucky in that its percentage tree canopy is one of the highest in Cornwall – though that actually isn’t saying much because Cornwall’s figure is very low! “
“Saltash has kept its historic natural woodland on slopes too steep for housing, such as Coombe Valley and Elwell, and has also protected farmland trees and traditional hedges with planning controls in the newer developments.”
“My personal favourite is the iconic Monterey Pine in Victoria Gardens, which provides a fine sight at the top of Fore Street. This particular pine is rather typical of Cornwall as it likes a warm climate and can withstand strong winds. “
“You can find several other examples around Saltash, in both public and private spaces such as the grounds of several schools, Old Ferry Road and Latchbrook. They don’t have a very long life so we should all be thinking about their long-term replacements.”
A spokesman for the town council said: “The town council is grateful to the tree wardens for giving up their time voluntarily to assist with the preservation and enhancement of the arboricultural heritage of Saltash.”