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 Arboricultural Association (AA) organised a special event on July 18th 2017 for the All-party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group in Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster. The purpose of the event was to tell members of the House of Commons and House of Lords about two key risks to the urban forest of the UK. One was biosecurity; the other was the increasing pressures on tree officers and the public sector. The AA kindly gave LTOA Chair John Parker the opportunity to deliver the keynote address at the event, which he used to promote the work of tree officers all over the UK and outline some of the challenges they face. John’s speech is reproduced in full below.
On the 11th July 2017, London City Hall hosted the awards to celebrate the work of individuals, communities and professionals to protect, improve and expand the capital’s tree and woodland cover.
Journalist Adam Shaw conducted the awards ceremony and marvelled at the fantastic range of winners. Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for Environment & Energy, welcomed everyone to City Hall and confirmed there will be a £5M Mayors Tree programme to support people and projects like those who have won tonight; further details will be announced this summer.
I write to inform you that Sweet chestnut blight, which is caused by the fungus Cryphonectria parasitica, has been confirmed in East London and there will be a press notice about this.
It is not believed that this finding is linked to the previous outbreak in the South West. Action is being taken to identify and control the disease in line with our contingency plan and in compliance with our obligations under the UK’s Protected Zone status for this disease. We are working closely with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to carry out extensive surveillance of sweet chestnut trees in the area, working closely with local stakeholders. Further action will be taken on the basis of surveillance information and the best available scientific evidence.