Building on the success of the last three conferences, the fourth National Tree Officer’s 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 and planning officers to present to their peers 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 Wednesday the 6th November 2019, at the Concert Hall in Reading Town Hall, Berkshire, RG1 1QH.

The period for submitting presentation outlines for the conference is now open and it will close on Monday 20 May 2019 at 17:00.

Outlines must include the following information:


  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Email
  • Presentation topic
  • Presentation overview (500-word maximum)
  • Approximate presentation length (i.e. 20 minutes)

 Based on delegate feedback from last year’s conference, the following topics are suggested:


  • Planning
  • Enforcement and Felling licenses
  • Pest and Diseases
  • Collaboration – Private and Public
  • Species Selection
  • Climate Change
  • Innovation
  • Austerity budget
  • Legal discussions
  • Tree valuation
  • Subsidence

 Additional relevant topics will be considered, following review by the selection committee.

Outlines will be reviewed by a selection committee comprising Andy Lederer, ICF; Matthew Seabrook, MTOA; Al Smith, LTOA; Jake Tibbetts, LTOA; Becky Porter, LTOA; Hester McQueen, ICF. Selection will be based on overall quality, appropriateness, focus and appeal to a local authority audience.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference, and receiving a wide range of submissions.

Outlines should be sent by email to: Becky Porter, London Tree Officers Association This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How to Become a Member

Members can attend, for free, the LTOA meetings which are held four times a year and cover a wide range of tree related matters.

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