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Portsmouth and Southsea Tree Wardens
Portsmouth and Southsea Tree Wardens

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Pauline Powell, co-ordinator Portsmouth and Southsea Tree Wardens, reports on recent plantings and upcoming events

This was done  in commemoration of the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915/1916 during the First World War.

About 20 people, tree wardens, members of the Portsmouth Society, friends and residents attended the simple ceremony conducted by Reverend David Butler.

Val Pennycook did a reading from Genesis by about the tree of life and a passage from Revelations about fruitfulness and healing was read by Pauline Powell.

Rev Butler also reminded us of the current distressing situation in Aleppo in Syria and finishing with a blessing of the tree.

Don’t forget National Tree Week is being held throughout the country, this year from November 29 to 5 December.

A Tree Dressing Day is taking place at Hilsea Lines on December 5.

The day aims to highlight our responsibility for looking after our trees and remind us of their enormous cultural and environmental importance.

There will be stories, traditional folksongs, willow craft decoration making and a guided walk along the Ogham Tree Trail.

There will also be talks, information stalls, face painting, hot chocolate and a wishing tree.

The i-Tree project is being led by Andy Knight of Portsmouth City Council and will involve a team of tree wardens and colleagues in surveying and recording the trees and undergrowth in a number of prescribed plots around the city.

The software which will be used was developed in America and the techniques are already in use in a few places in the UK.

Training will be given over the winter co-ordinated by Andy Knight with the aim of starting to obtain data in spring 2016.

The intention is to get trees to matter again to people in Portsmouth in terms of their social, community and economic value.

n If you would like to get involved and help celebrate and guard your community’s trees by becoming a tree warden, contact Pauline Powell on (023) 9266 7962 or through the website portsmouthtree.hampshire.org.uk.

You can also follow the tree wardens on Twitter @portsmouthtree.