The LTOA - Caring for the Capital's Trees
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. We hope that you find the LTOA website both interesting & informative. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
'LTOA Surface Materials around Trees in Hard Landscapes' consultation
Please find below a link to the LTOA Surface materials around trees in hard landscapes Draft Document, for consultation. We are seeking views and opinions about this document from our Membership and from specialists in other industries, such as highway engineers and urban designers. Comments should be sent to Becky Porter, LTOA Executive Officer, before Monday, January 5th 2015. Feedback will then be collated and discussed by the Surface materials around trees in hard landscapes Working Party and agreed changes will be made accordingly.
Please note that this consultation draft does not feature any images; this is a review of content rather than presentation and appropriate images, tables etc. will be incorporated into the final document.
We look forward to receiving your responses.
John Parker - Chair of LTOA Surface materials around trees working party
MANAGING THE THREAT TO LONDON’S TREES FROM PESTS AND DISEASES
BACKGROUND - THE THREAT & OUR RESPONSIBILITES
A key objective of the LTOA is to 'Improve the health, increase the extent and guarantee the resilience of London’s tree canopy'
Despite the many positive changes, and increases in awareness, understanding and practice in recent years in relation to our natural heritage and care for our environment, we are beset everyday by greater threats to the ecosystem we inhabit.
The LTOA is responsible for much of London’s tree population, a fundamental part of the environment, and the keystone species that support humans and wildlife and interconnect the entire city’s natural and physical processes, its water, soil and the very air we breathe.
We are increasingly informed about the importance of our tree canopy for air conditioning, and managing water, soil and drainage systems, the effectiveness of which is essential to the quality of urban living. The increasing risks of new pests and diseases to London’s trees, if unchecked, threaten the canopy and skyline as we know it today.
The prospect of such declines and losses places a clear responsibility on government, municipal managers, LTOA members and the public to invest in protecting our trees if we are to secure and enhance their contribution and continuity for the benefit of city life.
This position statement reflects current concern about a number of significant pest and diseases threatening the health of London’s trees, including:
- Acute Oak decline (AOC)
- Canker Stain of Plane (CSP) Ceratocystis platani
- Chalara Ash Dieback (CAD) Hymenoscyphus fraxineus
- Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner (HCLM) Cameraria ohridella
- Massaria Disease of Plane (MDP) Splanchnonema platani
- Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) Thaumetopoea processionea
LTOA seminar on Thursday 4 December
Thursday 4 December 2014 at LB Ealing
09:30am - Tea & coffee
10:00am - Introduction by LTOA Chair Richard Edwards
10.05am - Update on the work of the LTOA by Becky Porter, LTOA Executive Officer
10.15am - A word from our sponsors of the day Simon Jones of Simon Jones Associates Ltd
10.25am - Natural England’s advice for ancient woodland and veteran trees, Richard Barnes of the Woodland Trust
11.05am - Questions
11.15am - Short break
11.25am - Trees and underpinning a marriage made in heaven or hell, Rob Withers of ASUC Plus
11.55am - Questions
12.05am - The work of the LTOA planning working party on conditions and validations, Jon Ryan, Chair of the LTOA planning working party and Tree Preservation Officer at LB Islington
12.15pm - Questions
12.20pm - Launch of consultation of LTOA publication Surface Materials around trees in the hard landscape, John Parker, Chair of the LTOA surface materials around trees working party and TfL Tree Officer
12.40pm - Questions
12.45pm - LTOA PR and Communications group – what they do and a call for members to join
12.50pm - Lunch in local pub sponsored by Simon Jones Associates
Thank you to Dale Mortimer at LB Ealing for hosting the meeting and for providing tea, coffee and biscuits and to Simon Jones Associates for the lunch.
- Open Source Canopy Cover Audit (OSCCA)
- What we know and don’t know about the physical benefits of trees and where are the gaps in research
- LTOA seminar on Tuesday 7 October 2014
- Fund4Trees: Land's End to John O'Groats - Scotland update
- The Mayor’s Street Tree Initiative 2014-2015
- Arboriculture Association Conference Attracts Global Speaker Roster and Senior Health Figures
- Next Ride4Research Ride: Sunday - 14th September
- LTOA Elect New Executive Committee
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How to become a member
Members can attend, for free, the the LTOA meetings which are held four times a year and cover a wide range of tree related matters. Click here to find out how to become an associate member