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.
Tree officers and those managing the urban forest often have quite a tough time of things. They’re on the front line of arboriculture when the complaints come in, fending off the classic “I love trees, but..” correspondence and patiently explaining that there really is no council conspiracy to remove/retain a healthy/dangerous tree (delete as applicable).
On 24 May 2016 a list of nominations was issued to full members who have 28 days to decide whether they want to endorse and ratify the list of potential Executive Committee members. In order for the elections to be valid we need a minimum of 51% of the full membership to participate; it is therefore really important that you get involved as a full member of the LTOA.
The current Executive Committee members who are seeking re-election are:
Jake Tibbetts (LB Islington)
Richard Edwards (LB Croydon)
Dave Lofthouse (LB Merton)
Gary Meadowcroft (LB Southwark)
Barbara Milne (City of Westminster)
John Parker (Transport for London)
Oliver Stutter (LB Southwark)
Andy Tipping (LB Barnet)
Lawrence Usherwood (LB Brent)
Colleen O’Sullivan (LB Camden)
There are two new candidates seeking election:
Clare Pappalardo (LB Haringey)
Craig Ruddick (LB Richmond)
John Parker and Barbara Milne have been nominated by the Executive Committee as Chair and Vice Chair respectively, and if re-elected to the Executive Committee will be confirmed in those positions.
If all the committee are endorsed and ratified by the full membership we will have a full complement of executive committee members according to the constitution which is 12 people.
Ceratocystis platani (plane wilt) is a fungal disease affecting plane trees in some parts of the European mainland including France, Italy and Greece. It only affects plane trees, compromising the vascular system and ultimately leading to the death of the infected tree. It spreads via spores, typically transported from one tree to another by infected equipment such as chainsaws. The disease is not known to be present in the UK. In order to minimise the risk of it entering the country the UK has been designated Protected Zone Status (PZS) by the EU, placing restrictions on imports of plane saplings.
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.