Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association

About WDVTA

The Association

Buckhurst Farm pines

Corsican pines
Montague Park (before development)

WDVTA was founded in 2007 initially to support the survey of veteran trees in Wokingham and now has over 230 members. Since then it has extended its activities to include talks, workshops, walks and visits as well as campaigning about local trees, exploring the history of old trees and making presentations about WDVTA to local organisations. We work with Wokingham Borough Council to protect and care for the trees in the Borough.

In 2010 the WDVTA broadened its objectives to include concern for all Wokingham's trees, not just veterans, so the organisation now participates in the Tree Council's Tree Warden Scheme.

WDVTA Objectives

WDVTA aims to promote for public benefit in the district of Wokingham:

Publications

We publish a regular newsletter called Tree Watch with information on topics of interest to anyone with an interest in trees. We also have a number of fact sheets on how to work out the age of a tree from its size.

Recently we have compiled a list of commemorative and memorial trees in Wokingham - they may not be veterans but are notable for their historic value or other special character.

Diamond Jubilee Plantings

In 2012, Wokingham Borough Council invited WDVTA to collaborate with the officers of the Trees and Landscape team to organise the planting of 60 standard English oak trees across the borough to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. This project was successfully completed in the summer of 2013 and our interactive map shows where the trees have been planted.

WDVTA Organisation

WDVTA is managed by a committee led by a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. The AGM is usually held in March and the committee meets between 4 and 5 times a year. The Constitution gives more details of the Association's organisation and objectives.

Membership

We welcome new members to the Association, who will receive regular news about local trees and associated events. We are particularly pleased to recruit volunteers to help with our survey. If you are interested please visit our Contacts page.

Yahoo! Group

The WDVTA runs a Yahoo! WDVTA members group for internal postings and documents. To become a member of the Group please put in a request through the Contacts page.