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The London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) is pleased to announce the publication of two new guidance documents relating to canker stain of plane (CSP, Ceratocystis platani).
The first is called Canker stain of plane: A guide to prevention and is a brief reminder for tree officers and contractors of the importance of biosecurity in the fight to prevent Ceratocystis from entering the UK.
The second is called Canker stain of plane: Dealing with an outbreak. This document is designed to inform and support tree officers and others working in the arboricultural industry should Ceratocystis be confirmed as having arrived in UK. It is a brief, practical document intended to bring relevant information together into once place and ensure that in the event of an outbreak in the UK we are well-placed to eradicate the disease before it becomes established.
Both documents have been influenced by the excellent work of the Forestry Commission, including the Keep it Clean campaign and the Ceratocystis platani Contingency Plan.
Ceratocystis platani is a fungal pathogen which affects the genus Platanus and causes infected trees to die. It is spread predominantly by contaminated equipment being used on uninfected trees, although it can also be transported via root grafts.
Since October 2014 the UK has held EU Protected Zone Status (PZS) for Ceratocystis, requiring robust controls relating to importations of plane trees and ensuring that planes can only be imported from other areas which have been designated free of the disease. PZS surveys for CSP are carried out annually in the UK.
The LTOA, under contract to the Forestry Commission, has been carrying out these surveys in Greater London since 2013. At the current time it is not believed that Ceratocystis is present in the UK. The definitive UK Ceratocystis text Detecting and identifying canker stain of plane, by Lucio Montecchio; revised and updated by Neville Fay and John Parker, is available from the LTOA (www.ltoa.org.uk) or Treeworks Environmental Practice (www.treeworks.co.uk).
Building on the success of the last two conferences, the third National Tree Officers Conference is being organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). This is a great opportunity for tree/woodland/planning officers to present to your colleagues on the latest research, best practice and innovation in different areas of local authority arboricultural and urban forestry work.
The conference will be held on Tuesday the 6th November 2018, at the Oakengates Theatre, Limes Road, Telford, TF2 6EP. Conference bookings will open later in the year at: www.charteredforesters.org/event/national-tree-officers-conference-2018
The submission period for presentation outlines that could be included at the conference is now open and will close on Friday 25th May 2018 at 17:00hrs. In order to submit you must be employed by a Local Authority in a trees, woodland or planning role.
Outlines must include the following information:
For guidance, some of the following subjects are suggested:
Additional relevant topics may be considered, following review by the selection committee. Presentations will be reviewed by a selection committee (Andy Lederer, ICF; Matthew Seabrook, MTOA; Al Smith, LTOA; Jake Tibbetts, LTOA; Becky Porter, LTOA; Hester McQueen, ICF) and selection will be based on overall quality, appropriateness, focus and the practical nature of material and appeal to the audience.
We look forward to seeing you at the conference and receiving a wide range of submissions.
09:30 - Tea and coffee
10:00 - Welcome from John Parker, LTOA Chair
10:05 - Update from Becky Porter, LTOA Executive Officer
10:10 - A word from our sponsors Down to Earth Trees
10:20 - Greg Packman, Arboricultural Assistant, Royal Parks, Identification and Management of Massaria Disease of Plane
11:10 - John Parker, Arboriculture and Landscape Manager, Transport for London, Two new LTOA documents: Ceratocystis – Prevention and Outbreak
11:30 - Questions
11:40 - Tea and coffee
12:00 - Andrew Hoppit, Oak Processionary Moth Project Manager, Forestry Commission, OPM – the current situation and evidence gathering for a risk based approach for future management
1220 - Craig Ruddick, Arboricultural Manager serving Richmond and Wandsworth Councils, Oak Processionary Moth – Managing the pest within a ‘core zone’ London Borough
12:40 - Questions
13:00 - Lunch
Thank you to Mark Taylor, LB Bexley for hosting the meeting and for providing tea, coffee and biscuits and Down to Earth Trees for the lunch.