• Welcome to the LTOA website

    Welcome to the LTOA website

    The London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) constitutes the professional & technical voice for London's trees & woodlands Read More
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    The LTOA relies on subscriptions from its members and sponsorship to operate. Read More
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    Capital Asset Value for Amenity Trees (CAVAT). CAVAT provides a method for managing trees as public assets rather than liabilities Read More
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    How to Become a Member

    Members can attend, for free, the the LTOA meetings which are held four times a year and cover a wide range of tree related matters. Read More
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  • Welcome to the LTOA website

    Welcome to the LTOA website

    The London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) constitutes the professional & technical voice for London's trees & woodlands Read More
  • Become a Sponsor

    Become a Sponsor

    The LTOA relies on subscriptions from its members and sponsorship to operate. Read More
  • CAVAT

    CAVAT

    Capital Asset Value for Amenity Trees (CAVAT). CAVAT provides a method for managing trees as public assets rather than liabilities Read More
  • How to Become a Member

    How to Become a Member

    Members can attend, for free, the the LTOA meetings which are held four times a year and cover a wide range of tree related matters. Read More
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The London Tree Officers Association

Welcome to the LTOA website. The London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) constitutes the professional & technical voice for London's trees & woodlands. Its aim is to enhance the management of the Capital's trees.

We hope that you find the LTOA website both interesting & informative. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

LTOA members visit Thames Chase Community Forest

A dozen or so members assembled at the Thames Chase information centre for what proved to be an informative and inspiring day. In an introductory session indoors we were fortunate to have Jim Lyon, Forestry Management Director for the East of England, to give us an overview of the vision behind the creation of the park, and how it had been sustained, despite the catastrophic changes to local authority finances, through the creation of the Thames Chase Trust and with support from the Forestry Commission. This was followed by a more detailed look at the running of the park and the use made of it from Jenny Austin, the Trust Manager.

Before lunch in the café we were then taken on a short walk. What made the greatest impression here was the sheer number of visitors using the area, clearly enjoying their days out, and how the dense forestry style planting had created a new landscape on what had been an entirely open site before its restoration.

In the afternoon we were taken a little further afield to see a couple of nearby restoration projects with Yianni Andrews and Jenny Austin​, one on the edge of the built up area, and with substantial investment to increase its capacity for recreational use, and another site which was more simply and economically designed and planted. We were able to see the progress in the design of the woodland blocks, and also the impact of the degree of restoration of the land on tree growth.

It was an excellent day useful not so much for specific lessons to be taken away on the style of planting etc., but memorable for the determination of those involved to put a vision into practice, and not to allow that vision to be abandoned. It was particularly interesting to hear the thoughts of Jim Lyon, and we are indebted to his friendship with Richard Edwards that he found time for us.

Chris Neilan

Principal Officer - Trees & Landscape Strategy - Epping Forest District Council

National Tree Officers Conference 2017

Help with drafting a conference abstract for a presentation at the National Tree Officers Conference on 8 November 2017 at Telford, Shropshire is available here. The current call for papers will close with your abstract submitted by 5pm on Friday 12 May 2017.

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How to Become a Member

Members can attend, for free, the LTOA meetings which are held four times a year and cover a wide range of tree related matters.

Click here to find out how to become an associate member