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Shudy Camps tree warden meets Archers opposite

From left: Andrew Grimmer, tree warden coordinator, South Cambridgeshire District Council; Cllr Nick Wright, planning and economic development portfolio holder, SCDC; Terry Molloy, Archers actor; Claudia Osborne and Tony Broscomb, Shudy Camps tree warden

From left: Andrew Grimmer, tree warden coordinator, South Cambridgeshire District Council; Cllr Nick Wright, planning and economic development portfolio holder, SCDC; Terry Molloy, Archers actor; Claudia Osborne and Tony Broscomb, Shudy Camps tree warden

A tree warden met his counterpart from The Archers at an event highlighting the key role wardens play in conserving and planting trees.

A tree warden met his counterpart from The Archers at an event highlighting the key role wardens play in conserving and planting trees.

Tony Broscomb from Shudy Camps met actor Terry Molloy, who plays Ambridge tree warden Mike Tucker in the Radio 4 serial, at a House of Lords launch for ‘Friends of the Tree Council’.

He attended with South Cambridgeshire District Council’s (SCDC) tree warden coordinator Andrew Grimmer and cabinet member in charge of planning and conservation, Cllr Nick Wright, as they highlighted the wardens’ role in conserving the district’s 350 square miles of countryside.

The event recognised the hard work of councils and tree wardens across the country.

Tony is one of 80 volunteer wardens, appointed by parish councils, who work with SCDC to care for and plant trees.

SCDC also runs innovative grant schemes to help local communities and landowners plant trees and hedges, enriching the unique rural character of the area.

The Tree Council’s new ‘Friends’ scheme encourages people to donate regularly to help them fund tree planting in school playgrounds and public spaces, monitor the health of individual trees, act on issues of concern and support and train tree wardens.

Cllr Wright said: “It was a real pleasure to visit the House of Lords with Tony and to meet Ambridge’s own tree warden.

“Since the Tree Council was established 40 years ago, we have worked with them and our local wardens to plant tens of thousands of trees – from woodlands to community orchards – and over 20 kilometres of hedging. We’re very lucky to have so many dedicated volunteers who work in their local communities to help preserve and enhance the rural nature of our beautiful district and I’d like to thank them all for their valuable work.”

To find out about becoming a tree warden or about SCDC’s tree grant schemes, contact Andrew Grimmer at SCDC on 03450 450500 or treesandlandscapes@scambs.gov.uk

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (December 13) Echo.

 

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