Meet the volunteer who cares for Twyford's trees

Meet the volunteer who cares for Twyford's trees

Lucy Elder

Meet the volunteer who cares for Twyford's trees

Ever wondered who thinks of the trees in Twyford? Tree Warden Stephen Loyd is the man.

Stephen Loyd


There are 8,000 Tree Wardens in the UK who have taken on the voluntary role, which can involve giving advice, helping to move dead trees and planting new ones.

The former librarian is the co-ordinator for the 20 tree wardens in Wokingham Borough parishes.

On Wednesday, November 25, Stephen planted an elm tree in Malvern Way to celebrate the 39th annual National Tree Week, which ran from November 23 to Sunday, December 1.

A grant from the Tree Council, an environmental charity caring for trees in both urban and rural places, paid for the tree which was bought from Essex.

"Elms obviously have died out, but there are a few disease resistant ones particularly in East Anglia," said Stephen.

"It was a very nice day, the weather was ideal for planting and the soil was easy to dig."

The New Malvern Residents Association, which consists of residents in New Road and Malvern Way, has agreed to look after the tree in its first few years.

The Tree Warden network is a joint partnership between WBC, Wokingham District Tree Veteran Association (WDVTA) and the Tree Council.

It has been running in the borough for about two years.

The Friends of Ruscombe Wood committee member from Carlile Gardens spoke of what he has been up to recently and his hopes for the future for trees in the borough.

Last week he planted two silver birch trees in King George V Field to replace two that had died.

"You never know what is going to happen with trees being blown down or dying," he said. "We do anything which promotes trees in one form or another."

His vision for the future is to try to raise awareness of trees in hedgerows.

The 63-year-old is also involved with the WDVTA and said the borough has a 'very good' proportion of old trees with about 6,000 recorded.


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