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Booking has opened for the 2016 National Tree Officers Conference, which takes place on 9 November in Telford. This is the first event organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA), and facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). The conference offers a unique knowledge-sharing forum on all areas of local authority arboricultural work.
A top-class programme of arboricultural and urban forestry speakers will cover topics including:
This event is an invaluable occasion for tree officers to learn from their colleagues on the latest research, best practice and innovation in this sector. John Parker, Chair of the LTOA, commented:
“Tree officers all over the UK are doing similar jobs and facing similar challenges, whether working in the north or the south of the country or in urban or rural environments. The first National Tree Officers Conference will provide a fantastic platform for tree officers everywhere to get together to discuss best practice and share experience and ideas whilst enjoying a great programme of talks relating to arboriculture and the urban forest. In the current political climate I believe it is more important than ever for us as an industry to communicate and collaborate, to support each other and work more closely, and to build stronger connections across the UK and internationally. This conference will give us the perfect opportunity to do so, and the LTOA is delighted to be working on the event with our colleagues in the MTOA and ICF.”
Russell Horsey MICFor, Development Director at the Institute of Chartered Foresters said:
“ICF is excited to be working in partnership with the MTOA and LTOA on what we hope will be the first of many conferences aimed at helping local authority officers. The Institute recognises the continued downward push on budgets and staffing within local authorities and the strain this is putting on teams working with trees and within the natural environment sector. This first conference has been designed to look at practical examples of how some local authorities are addressing these challenges, and we hope that attendees will be able to take ideas presented for use in their day to day work. We also hope that the day will act as a focal point for officers to network and problem-share with colleagues and hopefully find easy answers to help.”
Matthew Seabrook, MTOA Chairman, further discussed the significance of the event, in light of current issues facing tree officers:
“The MTOA are proud to support and jointly represent this inaugural conference which is predominantly aimed towards tree officers and urban foresters. In times of austerity and budget cuts we look to share ideas and explore opportunities to deliver a service that is within our respective budgets and retains our legally defensible positions.
“We hope to raise awareness, provoke thought and discussion to highlight the problems we all currently face - where do we go from here and how do we get there? It is hoped that this will be the first of many conferences of its kind and we look forward to support and attendance at what will be an eye opening and encouraging day.”
This event is kindly sponsored by Barcham Trees, Buxtons Ltd, Ezytreev, GreenBlue Urban and KBI UK. Booking information is available at:
Formerly the London Parks & Green Spaces Forum, which was set up as a charity in 2013, Parks for London will continue to provide the leading strategic and representative voice for its supporters and the green space sector in London.
The charity is dedicated to promoting and enhancing London’s parks and green spaces; working with the people that own, manage, maintain and use them to keep them thriving, accessible, safe and beautiful.
The rebrand comes in light of a decision by trustees to simplify what the charity stands for in a bold and eye-catching way. The new logo and strapline act to further complement the aims of the charity going forward.
Tony Leach, Chief Executive of Parks for London said “At Parks for London we believe that life conditions can be improved through the provision of safe, accessible and stimulating parks and green spaces. Safeguarding our parks and green spaces sets out our ultimate ambitions to ensure that these precious resources are protected now and in the future.
Whilst the name of the charity has changed, Parks for London’s aims remain the same; advising and informing supporters of developments in the sector, advocating and protecting the existing parks and green spaces now and in the future, and celebrating and promoting the diversity of green infrastructure across London.
Sue Ireland, Chairman of the Trustees said: “This is an exciting time for Parks for London. Parks and green spaces across London are facing increasing pressures with funding cuts, and demand for housing. This gives us the opportunity to work with our supporters to find innovative solutions to help secure the future of our parks and green spaces, and work with the private sector to support their ambitions for new green spaces in new developments across London.”
The London Tree Officers Association is holding a seminar on morning of Monday 18 July at Kings Cross, London looking at trees, air quality and the heat island effect.
The speakers will be Professor Rob Mackenzie, Director, Birmingham Institute of Forest Research talking about air quality and urban form: the role of trees and the urban forest and Professor Rohinton Emmanuel, Director of the BEAM Research Centre, Glasgow Caledonian university talking about heat islands, urban form and the green infrastructure: thermal comfort and energy implications.
Air quality in London has been front page national news on several occasions in recent weeks. Temperatures over the first four months of 2016 indicate that the year will globally be the hottest on record – just as 2015, 2014 and 2013, were before it. The role of trees in mitigation of and adaption to climate change is more generally recognised daily – the odd pseudoscience put down of trees as polluters notwithstanding.
At least two London borough Tree Officer Teams, using the LTOA designed OSCCA and the i-Tree Canopy tool have determined the percentages of canopy cover under their control – and by implication, the limits to what they can achieve directly in increasing canopy by planting.
The LTOA has its own Trees and Health working party and is working with other partners on how to turn the many initiatives on trees and health into practical projects which can benefit London’s air – and at the same time fulfil the host of other roles that trees have in our general wellbeing. It is a general presumption that it is Local Government which will deliver the bold increases in tree canopy and green infrastructure which are required, but ironically seldom recognised that it is a healthy population of tree officers that holds the detailed experience and knowledge keys to deliver.
The LTOA Working party have collected a range of references on trees, health and wellbeing, which will soon be posted on the website. We look forward to contributions on what our members are achieving in this arena spreading the word and deed. We need to build on the growing realisation that trees have an enormous benefit to public health.
LTOA Exec and Trees and Health Working Party