WinTREE Delights with Kings Hill Tree Wardens

Winter is here, and with the cold months you’re probably feeling the urge to curl up in a blanket with a hot drink and the latest offering from Netflix. But the benefits of a good brisk winter walk can’t be ignored, and particularly when Kings Hill has a trio of Tree Wardens ready to engage with the public.

 

The Tree Warden team is made up of locals Richard Dowling, Wendy Anag, and Shakira Falzon-Thomas. The Wardens report to the Parish Council as part of the Kent Tree Warden Scheme and their duties involve protecting important local trees and monitoring the health and wellbeing of local tree life, keeping an eye open for issues such as disease and any problems that might have an impact on public safety.

 

Although many trees lose their leaves in winter, many of them are still beautiful sights with eye-catching features that are just as lovely in the colder months.

 

Yew trees are evergreen, and are commonly found in churchyards. They sport bright red berries that make a very picturesque wintery sight against their glossy dark green needles. Yews can easily live to over a thousand years old, and so they represented death and resurrection in Celtic cultures.

 

The seeds of alder trees are a favourite food source for many visiting winter birds like siskins and redpolls. Their flowers produce a green dye, which in folk stories was thought to colour the clothes of faeries and help them camouflage and hide from humans.

 

Silver birches are most easily recognised by their silvery white bark that remains bright all year round. Their slender branches droop down, giving this often spindly tree a wistful air. Traditionally birch trees were thought to drive out evil, which was why it was often used as a tool of discipline.

 

If you would like to keep up to date with the Tree Wardens and be informed of any events or projects they are organising, you can get in contact with the Parish Office or send an email to Kent Tree Wardens at [email protected].

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