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 first National Tree Officer’s Conference is being organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) and the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). The conference will provide an opportunity for tree officers to present to their colleagues on the latest research, best practice and innovation in different areas of local authority arboricultural work.
The conference will be held on the 9th November 2016, at the Oakengates Theatre, Limes Road, Telford, TF2 6EP (www.theplacetelford.com). Conference bookings will open later in the year at www.charteredforesters.org/tree-officers-conference
The submission period for abstracts in order to do a presentation is now open and will close on the 14th April 2016.
Abstracts are to be a maximum of 500 words and will be considered on a wide range of subjects that are relevant to the remit of a tree/woodland/planning officer. (Abstracts will only be considered from local government (LG)-employed officers.) You will need to indicate how long your presentation will be, the shortest being 10 minutes and the longest 30 minutes please. For guidance, the following subject headings are suggested:
Abstracts will be reviewed by a selection committee (Russell Horsey MICFor, Matthew Seabrook, Al Smith MICFor, Jake Tibbetts) and selection will be based on overall quality, appropriateness, focus, and the practical nature of material and appeal to a tree officer audience.
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