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Wootton to Battersea Park (Rob Penn: Fund4Trees [F4T] Patron)
For the F4T riders (Mick Boddy, Gabriel Hemery, Rob Penn and Russell Ball) the ride began at Wootton House (near Dorking Surrey). It seemed an appropriate place in honour of John Evelyn. He was born here, on All Hallow’s Eve in 1620, into a family whose wealth was founded on gunpowder production. Evelyn was a great man by any measure – eminent diarist, gardener, prolific scribe, urban planner and a political survivor in an age of extraordinary events. Tree-folk, of course, herald him as the author of Sylva, one of the earliest and most important treatises on forestry (and early arboriculture) in the English language. Evelyn didn’t return to Wootton until his 70s, spending most of his life at Sayes Court Manor in Deptford, SE London, the F4T ride destination.
The LTOA recently visited San Sebastian and the surrounding Basque country for a fantastic jam-packed two-day tour in collaboration with Juan Pagola, Viverospagola (www.viverospagola.com).
The purpose of the trip was to see notable and historic trees within the parks of San Sebastian and ancient trees in the surrounding area. The 18 strong group consisted of tree officers, tree contractors, and consultants, some with their partners.
Juan’s company is a family business involved in horticulture and arboriculture since 1898, and the company has been working for the San Sebastian authority for some 40 years.
San Sebastian is the capital city of the province of Gipuzkoa (707.298 inhabitants) a historical territory of the autonomous community of the Basque Country.
The National Association of Tree Officers (NATO) and the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) are pleased to announce that the two organisations are joining forces. The difficulties facing the public sector, Local Authorities and tree officers are well-documented. Under these circumstances close collaboration between like-minded groups is essential if we are to succeed. To this end, and with the intention of giving NATO a new lease of life, Director Imogen Mole approached the LTOA Executive Committee and proposed a merger. After extensive and positive discussions Barbara Milne, Al Smith, David Houghton and John Parker have been appointed Directors of NATO to sit alongside Imogen Mole.
Existing NATO members will now be offered many of the benefits enjoyed by LTOA members. Administrative control of NATO will be undertaken by the NATO Directors, supported by the LTOA Executive Officer and Executive Committee. Over the coming months the NATO Directors will continue to discuss how best to restructure and relaunch NATO to build on the work of the past and ensure national promotion, support and representation of tree officers. More news about the future of NATO will be announced later in 2018; in the meantime the LTOA and NATO would like to reassure their members that this is an exciting opportunity which can only add value to the benefits they currently enjoy.
Barbara Milne, Chair of the LTOA, said “This an exciting opportunity for tree officers to work together for a united voice for tree management across the UK. By collaborating more closely we can support tree officers and promote the valuable work we do”.
Imogen Mole, Director of NATO, said “It’s brilliant news. Our members have alwaysrecognised the importance of a strong National voice for Tree Officers, by working together we are more able to do this. Our new relationship promises a positive and constructivefuture and I hope you’ll continue to support us”.