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The London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) is pleased to announce that today, July 24th, we have launched a new best practice guidance document for industry-wide consultation.
Visualisation Protocol for urban forestry is the product of the first international LTOA working party. The authors of the Protocol are Ana Macias from Arbocity in Spain (https://www.arbocity.com) and Stephen Sheppard from the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning at the University of British Columbia in Canada (http://calp.forestry.ubc.ca).The document was reviewed and contributed to by the LTOA tree officers on the working party – John Parker and Grayham Tindal (Transport for London), Dave Lofthouse and Dan Sitch (LB Merton), Stephen Downing (LB Enfield) and Julian Fowgies (LB Bromley).
The Protocol is intended to be of value to any tree officers who use visualisations in their work; whether reviewing, commissioning or creating them. It provides tree officers with a basic understanding of the planning and production process and outlines the main types of visualisations which might be encountered. The Protocol has been created specifically for visualisations in which urban trees play a key role and it will help tree officers ensure that visualisations they are involved with are accurate, representative, easy to understand, interesting and legitimate.
In order to create the most robust document possible the document released today is a draft version for consultation purposes. It will be disseminated to colleagues in arboriculture, urban forestry, landscaping and beyond. Consultation will close on August 31st, after which date all comments and feedback will be collated and reviewed by the working party. Necessary amendments will be made accordingly and the final Protocol should be published later in 2018. We are keen to hear opinions from anyone with an interest in this subject and will be carefully considering all feedback that we receive.
The LTOA Visualisations in urban forestry working party.
The acclaimed National Tree Officers Conference will return to Telford, 6 November 2018.
Last years’ outstanding event hosted more than 230 delegates from local authorities and private practice around the UK, who travelled to Telford last November. This is the only major conference dedicated to the needs of Tree Officers. More than 93% of last year’s delegates felt the content and programme met their reasons for attending.
The National Tree Officers Conference is a unique gathering for professionals interested in all areas of local authority arboricultural work. The conference is crucial to tree, woodland and planning officers by providing a significant platform for collaboration, partnerships, benchmarking and an insight into current best practice and research. It will demonstrate industry innovation from across the UK and this year, there will be a European speaker providing an example of local authority tree management in Europe.
This year’s conference will focus on a range of influential topics from leading arboricultural and urban forestry professionals:
This event is being organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF).
Quotes from last year’s delegates demonstrate the benefits and value of attending the only nationally dedicated Tree Officers conference:
Miriam Hill MICFor, Tree Officer at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said
"The National Tree Officer Conference is a fabulous opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new colleagues. As all the speakers are fellow Tree Officers and Planners, every talk is filled with useful information, experience and helpful hints. An exceptional day!"
Elton Watson MICFor, Senior Tree Officer at Wrexham County Borough Council, said
"Attending last year’s NTOC was definitely a worthwhile experience, the range and diversity of topics meant there was something for everyone. I thought the quality of the presentations was very good and the low cost made it some of the best value for money CPD available. The event was well attended, attracting not only Tree Officers but a number of private sector consultants. I will be attending again this year!"
Amelia Williams, Arboricultural Officer at Test Valley Borough Council, said
“I was fortunate to attend last year’s National Tree Officers Conference, as this provided a great opportunity to hear about innovations and progress being made by local authorities with regard to trees and tree management. It was also a chance to network and share knowledge with fellow tree officers and tree managers. Plus, time to meet traders from the industry and find out about the latest technology and developments in tree planting, species availabilities and data capture and lots more. It is a well organised and run event and, well worth attending.”
Keith Sacre MICFor, Arboricultural & Urban Forestry Director at Barcham Trees plc, said
“I attended last years’ conference and it was excellent. Inspiring hearing tree officers tell their story. It is long overdue that they had their own collective voice and this conference provides that forum.”
Michelle Ryan, Arboricultural Consultant at AECOM, said
“The National Tree Officers Conference is a great platform that showcases the fantastic work carried out by our Tree Officers and highlights the challenges they face.
As a consultant in the private sector it has given me a unique insight into the advances in local authority tree management, keeping me ahead of the game.”
Booking information is available at: www.charteredforesters.org/tree-officers-conference
The London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) has announced the election of a new Executive Committee to head up the association for the next two years. The Executive Committee was elected by the members of the LTOA and will continue to promote urban forestry and represent tree officers in London and beyond. For full details of the LTOA and short biographies of the Executive Committee please visit http://www.ltoa.org.uk/about-the-ltoa/the-executive-committee
The new Chair of the Executive Committee is Barbara Milne (City of Westminster) and the Vice Chair is Andy Tipping (Barnet). The other members of the Committee are John Parker, (Transport for London), Dale Mortimer, (Ealing), Colleen O’Sullivan (Camden), Craig Ruddick (Richmond), Dave Lofthouse (Merton), Jon Ryan, (Islignton), Jake Tibbetts (City of London), Oliver Stutter (Southwark) and Richard Edwards (Croydon). There are also two honorary members of the committee Al Smith and Paul Akers.
Barbara Milne, new Chair of the LTOA, said “I am delighted to have been elected as Chair of the London Tree Officers Association. Many thanks to John Parker, outgoing chair for all of his hard work over the past two years.
London’s Tree Officers play a crucial role in creating and managing the capitals urban forest, and the LTOA provides a hugely important network which supports tree officers in their work. Beyond the good practice and innovations which are created and shared, the LTOA is the forum for collaboration between tree officers, other arboriculturists and allied professions, and I would like to see continued and increased participation in this by all of our members, which can only help to strengthen our profession. Of particular interest to me is ensuring the profession is open to women and black and minority ethnic groups to become the new generations of tree officers, and better reflect and represent London’s diverse population”.