About our organisation, our history, constitution and aims

Learning how to recognise Ash Dieback
Learning how to recognise Ash Dieback

Our organisation and history:

Our history: The Kent Tree and Pond Partnership was formed in January 2012, and we, as the Tree and Pond Wardens of Kent, now manage ourselves on a completely voluntary basis. This makes us a much leaner organisation. We operate two schemes, the Kent Tree Wardens scheme and the Kent Pond Wardens scheme. The Kent Tree Wardens Scheme is part of the national Tree Warden Scheme operated by, and affiliated to, the Tree Council, but the Pond Warden scheme is just about unique in the UK. Both schemes are covered by insurance, which covers individual activity and practical and group work with hand tools, etc, provided a Risk Assessment has been done, but which does NOT cover giving professional consultancy advice, such as stating that a tree or a pond is safe or not.

Before 2012 both Kent schemes were managed by TCV, the Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV as it was then), and before that, the Kent Pond Wardens were sponsored by Southern Water. We are very grateful indeed for the sponsorship and organisational input from both these bodies in the past.

A round peg in a square hole
Discussing different ways of planting standard trees

In the Kent Tree and Pond Partnership (KTTP) we place a lot of emphasis on working in partnership, especially with our communities as represented by Parish and Town Councils, and with other local groups, and also with national and county organisations focusing on tree and ponds, or conservation and the environment in general. We are also a conservation partner of the Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group (KRAG).

Training and Practical skills.

We hold regular practical training sessions around the county, and we have adopted sites where we can be trained, and practice our skills starting as beginners or working up to the higher levels. These adopted sites include Pierland Wood, which is an Ancient Woodland site near Ham Street close to Ashford, owned and managed by Drs. Chris and Susan Gove.

Our constitution:

Here is a link to our Constitution, the unsigned version of course, as a pdf. If you need a different version for accessibility reasons, please contact David on kentpondandtreewardens@gmail.com, kentpondandtreewardens@gmail.com.

Our aims, as set out in the constitution:

The aims of Kent Tree and Pond Partnership are:

  • To operate a network of Tree Wardens in Kent and Medway
  • To operate a network of Pond Wardens in Kent and Medway
  • To promote nature conservation and environmental activities associated with trees, woodland or ponds, by providing training, raising finance, and also encouraging mutual support and joint aid among our members.
  • To work in partnership with local authorities and other organisations, whenever appropriate, to deliver the aims of the Partnership and to support nature conservation in Kent and Medway in general
  • The Kent Tree and Pond Partnership will be a not-for-profit organisation.

Membership of the Kent Tree and Pond Partnership is open to anyone who volunteers to be a tree or pond warden in or around Kent or Medway, and supports the aims of the Kent Tree and Pond Partnership. The Kent Tree and Pond Partnership is an equal opportunities organisation and will promote equal opportunities for all, not discriminating on the grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sexuality, disability, religious or political belief, marital status or age.

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