• 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
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    CAVAT

    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.

After the success of the bats training courses last year the LTOA has set up another basic training course about bats and woodland run by Sue Morgan of Anglian Ecology and the David Mitchell of the Woodgate Partnership in North London on Friday 31 March 2017.  We have a few places left on this training course.

The CPD training will take place in a local pub near Cherry Tree Wood, East Finchley from 9am to 4pm for £135 excluding VAT per person on 31 March 2017 including lunch and refreshments. The nearest tube station is East Finchley on the Northern Line and the pub is right near the station.

You will receive a certificate of attendance signed by the trainers describing the level of knowledge attained on the course.

About the trainers

David Mitchell Dip. Arb. RFS, F. Arbor. A. (rtd) of Woodgate Partnership has 25 years experience in local authority arboriculture and practical woodland management. He also holds a Natural England Licence for bats.
Woodgate Partnership offers educational courses, at its own eight ha County Wildlife Site woodland and beyond, integrating care and understanding of protected species with tree and woodland management.

Sue Morgan CEcol, MCIEEM is a Chartered ecologist with over 18 years experience in the field.
She holds Natural England Licences for surveying several protected species, including bats and newts.
Sue runs Anglian Ecology, her own ecological consultancy based in East Anglia. Clients include The National Trust, Natural England and the Church of England as well as many private organisations and individuals.
Sue is a full member of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management and a past Convenor for its East of England section.


A copy of the schedule of the day is here

If you would like to attend this course please contact Becky Porter on 07771 976238 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The 51st AA National Amenity Conference and the 1st International Conference on Biosecurity

A call for papers has been issued for the first International Arboriculture Conference to explore the theme of Biosecurity.

The AA National Amenity Conference returns to Exeter University from 10-13 September.

Continuing with our vision of collaboration, we’re pleased to announce that this year’s Conference middle day will be presented in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management(CIEEM).

Under the general theme of biosecurity, the Association is inviting submissions for presentations on the following:

  • Tree Health
  • Biosecurity
  • Tree species selection
  • Population Resilience and Management
  • Pests and Diseases
  • Ecological/Arboricultural impact assessments
  • Trees and Development
  • Surveying techniques and methodologies
  • Bats and trees/woodlands
  • Protected species and Arboriculture
  • Biodiversity
  • Veteran trees
  • Soil ecology
  • Ecosystem services evaluation

AA Members, partners and colleagues are invited to submit papers and ideas under these themes, for presentation at the conference. Authors of submissions selected will then be invited to present their work at the conference. Most presentations will last no longer than 30 minutes. 

Proposals should include the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Job title and organisation (if relevant)
  3. Brief biography (no more than 100 words)
  4. Please indicate if you are an Arboricultural Association member
  5. Title of session
  6. Subject area
  7. Summary of content of up to 300 words
  8. An indication of the type session that is of interest to yourself

The deadline for proposals is 5pm on Tuesday 28 February 2017. The AA’s conference steering group, which contains AA members, will assess the proposals, and will aim to respond by the end of March.

Please submit proposals to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Parker, Chair of the London Tree Officers Association, and Greg Packman from the Royal Parks talk to ITN's Martin Stew about the threat posed to London plane trees by canker stain of plane (Ceratocystis platani).

 

The OPM working party is made up of a contact in most of the London Boroughs, Bill Malin (Contractor), Mark Townsend (Contractor), Dominic Blake (ATS), Richard Trippett (Bartletts), Gillian Jonusas (Royal Parks), Ian Rodger (Royal Parks), Andrew Hoppit (FC) and affected organisations such as Wimbledon Common. This is an ongoing working party to combat OPM.

The PR group is made up of John Parker (TfL), Richard Edwards (Croydon), Howard Booth (TfL), Jane Crowther (Richmond), Lucy Murphy (City of London), Dan Sitch (Merton) and David Humphries (City of London). This is an ongoing working party. The aim is to raise awareness and the profile of the work of tree officers and what the LTOA does.

Risk Limitation Strategy revision group is made up of Peter Osborne (Consultant), Tim Moya (Consultant), Simon Pryce (Consultant), Andy Tipping (Barnet), Dave Lofthouse (Merton), Gary Meadwocroft (Southwark), Jake Tibbetts (Islington), Jim Smith (FC), Michael Sankus (Medway), Richard Edwards (Croydon). The group is revising this strategy especially in light of two recent cases Berent and Robbins.

Planning working party is made up of Chris Overbeke (Consultant), Ian Leonard (Lambeth), Jon Ryan (Islington), Oliver Stutter (Southwark), Peter Osborne (Consultant), Michael Sankus (Medway) Stephen Downing (Enfield). This group is currently looking at validations also tree and landscape conditions to produce a best practice document.

Surface materials around trees in hard landscapes working party is made up of John Parker (TfL), Pat Langley (Wandsworth), Ernst Erasmas (Southwark), Howard Booth (TfL), Chris Suthers (Street Tree), Michael Gargon (Street Tree), Michael Sankus (Medway). The guidance document on the use of various materials which is in its final stages.

Biosecurity working party is made up of Ben Galley (Camden), Jonathan Meares (City of London), Nev Fay (Treework Environmental Practice), Dominic Blake (ATS), Dave Lofthouse (Merton), Jon Banks (Bartlett Tree Lab), Tom Campbell (Hackney), Mark Reed (City Suburban), Keith Sacre and Lisa Sanderson (Arboricultural Association). The group has produced a position statement and is now working with the Tree Council on a toolkit for Chalara.

Human health and trees working party is made up of Andrew Digby (Barnet), Colleen O’Sullivan (Camden), Craig Ruddick (Richmond), Dave Lofthouse (Merton), Richard Barnes (Woodland Trust), Thomas Campbell (Hackney) and Daniel Monk (Three Rivers).  They are pulling together any UK related research on the subject and looking into tree planting and air pollution in London.

Tree Service models working party is made up of Jake Tibbetts (Islington), Al Smith (Camden), Ann Currell (Barnet), Julian Fowgies (Bromley) and Richard Fletcher (Wandsworth). The group is looking at outsourcing in London and the various tree service models in operation across the London Boroughs.

CSP working party is made up of John Parker (TfL), David Humphries (City of London), Colleen O’Sullivan (LB Camden), Gary Meadowcroft (Southwark), Geoff Clack (Islington), Greg Packman (Royal Parks), Matt Steinman (Royal Parks), Richard Edwards (Croydon) and James Canneaux (Croydon). This new group is looking at Plane Wilt.

National Tree Officers Conference 2017

The National Tree Officers Conference will be held on 8 November 2017 in Telford, Shropshire with speakers sharing their experience and best practice within Local Authority Arboriculture. Anyone is able to attend and booking information is available here.

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

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