Little Melton Parish Council

Tree Warden

Sue Bell is the volunteer Tree Warden for Little Melton - her recent article for the Parish Magazine is below.   Sue is currently compiling a survey of the most important trees in the village - click here to see the results to date.   The map also shows which trees are the subject of a  preservation order.

If you read the last issue of the parish council newsletter you will know that I have taken on the role of volunteer tree warden for the parish. This role doesn’t invest me with any special powers nor does it imply any particular expertise. I just like trees and would like to see more of them in the village.

Each year, to coincide with National Tree Planting week (end November), the County Council organises a giveaway of native trees and hedging plants for use on community projects. I am keen for the village to benefit from this scheme and would like to identify some planting opportunities ready for next years’ giveaway. The first step is identifying what is already here. To this end I am working on a tree survey of the parish. I have located the 16 trees subject to Tree Preservation Orders and mapped them on a Google MyMap accessible from the parish council website. Next I aim to add trees and hedges on Council land, followed by any other trees and hedges of note within the parish.

I would like your help to make the survey as complete and accurate as possible. If you own one of the trees marked on the map, or if it overhangs your garden, and you would allow me access to measure and photograph the tree then I would like to hear from you. Alternatively, if you have a tree or hedge that could be added to the map please let me know.

I will be updating the map as I get new information so please take a look and see how I’m getting on. In the meantime, if you see someone tangled in a tree with a tape measure, that’ll be me!

Sue Bell, Tree Warden