Diana is Sid Valley's first tree warden

PUBLISHED: 09:40 01 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:40 01 November 2013

Diana East in the gardens at the Knowle. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 1486-36-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Diana East in the gardens at the Knowle. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 1486-36-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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A 'TREE of knowledge' on all things arboricultural has been chosen as the Sid Valley's first tree warden.

‘Delighted’ Diana East, who has played a pivotal role in making Sidmouth the world’s first civic arboretum, was the unanimous choice of town councillors. A warden keeps an eye on protected trees, raises awareness of the value of trees in the community and encourages people to look after them properly.

They also get involved with planting, surveys, walks, involving schoolchildren and encouraging farmers to protect hedgerow trees or saplings. Councillors discussed the appointment at a meeting earlier this month.

“Mrs East has been a wonderful powerhouse behind the [Sidmouth] arboretum project,” said Councillor Simon Pollentine.

“I can think of no-one better, she has the knowledge and enthusiasm,” said Cllr Mary Jolly.

Cllr Graham Liverton added: “She is a tree of knowledge. It is a no-brainer to do this.”

The district council provides proffesional arboricultural expertise as part of its service.

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