A DEDICATED former tree warden in Thornbury has been granted a prestigious honour following 20 years of service. 

During her work, Judith Hurford has planted more than 230 trees across the town. 

Ms Hurford has now been granted the Freedom of the Parish award by Thornbury Town Council.

It is the council's highest honour, granting recipients the title of Freeman or Freewoman.

An award ceremony was attended by staff as well as current and former councillors in the Town Hall on Wednesday, January 23. 

Gazette Series: Judith Hurford with staff, current councillors and former councillors from Thornbury Town CouncilJudith Hurford with staff, current councillors and former councillors from Thornbury Town Council (Image: Thornbury Town Counci)

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Cllr Helen Harrison, chair of the Open Spaces Committee, said: “Judith has overseen the planting of over 230 trees in and around our town in her 20 years as tree warden.  

“These trees have been instrumental in enhancing the natural environment of the town as well as helping to fight against climate change in a local way.  

“The planning and thought that Judith put into the positioning of each tree, and which species was to be planted, underpinned the beautiful way in which the trees have fitted into, and improved the existing landscape for all the parishioners of the town, both now and in years to come.  

“Judith has been the driving force behind ensuring that Thornbury has the level of tree cover that it does today, and she richly deserves the award of Freedom of the Parish.”

The town council says it is “committed” to increasing the number of trees on its land

Another tree planting day is planned on Sunday, February 4 - no experience is needed and tools will be provided.

For more information contact climateandnature@thornburytowncouncil.gov.uk