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The meeting in Petersfield was well attended

The district’s trees and woodlands will be in safe hands after nearly 40 people signed up to become tree wardens at a meeting which attracted more than 100 people to the Festival Hall’s Rose Room.

The meeting, looking for volunteers, was organised by East Hampshire District Council and the Tree Council, and included information on what the role entails with talks by experts, including TV gardener Pippa Greenwood.

By the end, 38 would-be tree wardens had signed up for the scheme and a Tree Warden Steering Group was set up.

Dr Andy Moffat, voluntary coordinator, Jon Stokes, Tree Council director, and Jamie Gargett, EHDC’s arboricultural manager, will now meet to discuss training events for tree wardens, and the new recruits will be introduced to their own parish or town council.

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Cllr Ingrid Thomas, EHDC’s Neighbourhood Quality Portfolio Holder, said: “We are so pleased that so many people attended the meeting, it just goes to show how passionate people are about our trees, woodlands and our whole environment.

“There’s still a lot of work to do and we are still calling for more volunteers, so if you are interested in working in your local community and being a voice for our trees then sign up to the scheme.”

Petersfield Community Radio’s Beth Svarovska attended the meeting and her report includes interviews with some of the speakers and attendees.

For more information about becoming a tree warden contact EHDC arboricultural officer Kevin Peters on Kevin.Peters@havant.gov.uk or 023 92 446 485.