Events that the Reading Tree Warden Network are involved in

The Reading Tree Warden Network organise an annual programme of walks, talks, training, and support the extensive tree planting programme across Reading.


Below are events that we are planning/involved with.



National Tree Week Public Lecture. Tuesday 28 November at RISC Conference Hall, London Street. 2.00.pm - 3.30.pm., including a question time.

We were delighted to welcome Jon Stokes, Director of The Tree Council to update us on tree issues in Britain. PS. Thank you to all who attended the excellent lecture. We were also very happy to present Jon with a signed copy of "The Shady Side of Town. Reading's Trees" (Lawson and Sawers, 2017, Two Rivers Press) and hope he will take it up and down the country to show Tree Warden Groups this beautiful way of raising attention to Britain's tree heritage


Tree planting 2018

Congratulations to Dave Kenny, our Tree Planting Coordinator, for organising a fabulous tree planting day in partnership with Reading Borough Council. On 8th March Tree Wardens, volunteers from Investec Asset Finance and the Parks Department team planted over 30 trees in Hartland Road, Whitley. Funding was obtained from the charity Trees for Cities and Rabbit's Car Hire kindly helped with transportation of tools and equipment. The varieties of both evergreen and deciduous oak plus ornamental pears will add colour and variety to this long and busy road as well as help screen from carbon particles


Winter Tree Walk at Prospect Park. Sunday 21 January, 2018. 2.00.pm. start

In the new year, use up some calories, wrap up, and join Anna Iwaschkin, tree walks designer, on a healthy circular walk. Can you identify tree species in Winter? Anna will guide us through Reading's Grade 2 listed park with its wonderful range of trees and mind-blowing views to show you how you can identify trees by all kinds of botanical and visual clues. The walk will last a bit over and hour (you could always stay for tea afterwards at The Mansion House). Wear stout shoes. No need to book: it's free, just turn up. Meet for 2.00.pm. start at the corner of Liebenrood Road and Tilehurst Road. Parking might be tight as there are sporting events on Sundays. Consider taking the bus: the 33 leaves the town centre from St Mary's and stops right by the start point. If weather conditions should mean postponing we will post a notice here and on our "Reading Tree Wardens" Facebook page. LATEST: this walk is ON for 21st January although it will be raining. Do wrap up warm and waterproof. The walk is mainly on laid paths, just one grassy section, and even this coould be approached by a laid path. If conditions require, we will keep the walk to one hour in length. Hope to welcome you there!


Beanpole Day plant sale. Saturday 21 April, 2018. 10.00.am.-3.00.pm. Caversham Court Gardens

Put this date in your diary and come and see us at our stand at this lovely plant sale event! This is our major fund-raising event to help finance all our activities which are offered free to the people of Reading. If you could help by dropping off a tray of plants or packets of Summer bulbs to one of our drop-off points around town in the days before (these will be announced nearer the time) we would be very grateful. Alternatively, if you haven't time to prepare plants, we would be very grateful for a small donation.


Walk in the Woods, Sunday 29 April. 2.00.pm. Lousehill Copse, Tilehurst. 2018 . (by bookings only)

We are lucky to have as our guest walk guides Adrian Lawson and Geoff Sawers authors of "The Shady Side of Town. Reading's Trees (2017) Two Rivers Press. This will be a tree and wild flower identification walk in the ancient woodland. Meet outside the Sizzling pub on the corner of Norcot Road and Pottery Lane. There is street parking nearby and the 17 bus stops close to this spot. Wear stout shoes. As the paths are narrow and some are hilly this walk is unfortunately not suitable for wheechairs or buggies. NB. Due to the narrowness of paths this walk will hold just 30 participants and places are BY BOOKING ONLY. (please do not just turn up) ALL PLACES CAN BE BOOKED BY SENDING YOUR NAME TO rtwn2011@gmail.com. In case of overbooking we will keep a list for reserve places and notify you. Look forward to seeing you there.


Just so that you know: Reading-on Thames Festival, September 2018.

You might have caught some events at the Reading-on-Thames Festival in September 2017, which was by way of a preview for even bigger things to come over the next few years in Reading. Reading Tree Wardens are already in discussions to organise a very special riverside event for Reading-on-Thames Festival 2018. Watch this space to keep up to date with us or check our updates on our Facebook page (Reading Tree Wardens)

If you would like to attend any of the events please email rtwn2011@gmail.com.

Would you please note that this email address is purely for the purposes of booking events. If you have any enquiries about trees in Reading please contact Reading Borough Council by telephone at 0118 9373787