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.
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The OPM working party is made up of a contact in most of the London Boroughs, Bill Malin (Contractor), Ben Clutterbuck (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 Andy Lederer (Islington), John Parker (TfL), Richard Edwards (Croydon), Howard Booth (TfL) 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), Rupert Bentley Walls (Hackney). 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), Sue King (Bexley). This group is currently looking at validations also tree and landscape conditions to produce a best practice document.
Principal Officers working party. This working party is open to all principal officers and meets every 6 months.
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). They are writing a 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), Fiona Critchley (Arb Solutions), 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 on a pest and disease matrix and collaborating with the Landscape Institute and FC.
The Massaria working party is made up of Neville Fay (Consultant), Peter Holloway (AA), Jake Tibbetts (Islington), David Humphries (City of London). A Massaria management document has been produced with a technical supporting document to follow.
Human health and trees working party is made up of Andrew Digby (Barnet), Colleen O’Sullivan (Camden), Craig Ruddick (Richmond), Dave Lofthouse (Merton), Jake Tibbetts (Islington), John Parker (TfL), Julie Hughes (Three Rivers), Patrick Richardson (Islington), Richard Barnes (Woodland Trust), Thomas Campbell (Hackney), Vicki Harding (Heath & Hampsead Society). 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), Dave Lofthouse (Merton), 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.
Nominations are now invited for this year’s London Tree and Woodland Awards.
The London Tree and Woodland Awards raise awareness of London’s urban forest, celebrate the great work taking place and inspire others to do more.
In summary the award categories for this year are:
1. Community Woodland Award
2. Community Tree Award
3. Acorn Award
4. Trees and Development Award
5. Trees and Learning Award
6. Individual Commitment Award
Richard Edwards who attended the first bat and woodland course for full LTOA members said "It was a really interesting day, the morning indoor sessions cover British bats, protected species and wildlife law, and tree/woodland management, including a look at the essential Bat Surveys – Good Practice Guidelines and the new BS 8596:2015 British Standard Surveying for bats in trees and woodland Guide.
The afternoon session is a walk round Cherry Tree Wood, East Finchley using various pieces equipment to look at bat habitats and potential roost features.
A big thank you to Sue Morgan and David Mitchell who ran the course. Sue’s knowledge on bats was complimented by David’s practical approach to woodland management and their enthusiasm for the subject made this a really useful day. Sue’s impression of a bat makes it worth attending for that alone.
I would also like to thank Andy Tipping, Barnet’s Trees and Woodland Manager, for providing an excellent venue".