Tree group's thank you to Barbara Stagles
April 01, 2011
Members of a tree appreciation society in Wokingham branched out to recognise the efforts of its outgoing chairman.
Barbara Stagles stepped down as chairman of the Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association (WDVTA) during its annual meeting last Wednesday.
And in recognition of the role she has held since the association was inaugurated in 2007, members have rallied round to have an avenue of English oak trees planted at the recently opened Rooks Nest Farm country park in Barkham Ride named after her.
The WDVTA was founded to support the survey of veteran trees in Wokingham.
It now boasts some 230 members and has been extended in recent years to include talks, workshops, walks and visits among its list of activities.
Mrs Stagles said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed it. It initially started as a group trying to survey some of the old trees in Wokingham town centre, and received a lot of support from The Wokingham Society, who supplied us with a big grant to do this.
“We have also received lottery money as well.
“I have been chair for four years, and I was also involved before that as I helped set up the steering committee.
“It is a question of age really, as I feel it is time for somebody younger to step up and take the group forward.”
She added: “This is a very important area for old trees, as it was once part of Windsor Forest. I shall be very interested to keep doing things with the group.”
Prior to the presentation, the group heard guest Elaine Butler explain how more than 4,500 trees have been recorded as standing within the Wokingham borough.
When asked about the dedication of the trees, Mrs Stagles said: “I was a bit surprised, but I was very appreciative of the kind gesture, and of course very honoured.”
The group meets several times a year at The Loddon Room at Dinton Pastures Country Park in Davis Street, Hurst.
New members are welcome. For more information visit www.wdvta.org.uk.