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.
The Mayor’s Street Tree Initiative 2014-2015
Street trees and sustainable drainage project call
Boroughs are invited to submit innovative project proposals that deliver street trees combined with sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS). This project is part of the wider Mayor’s Street Tree initiative, but requires a separate application for grant funding.
During his first term the Mayor fulfilled a commitment to plant 10,000 street trees in London. Following the success of this initiative the Mayor has committed to plant an additional 10,000 street trees by March 2015. We have recently launched the third phase of the Mayor’s Street Tree Initiative working in partnership with the Forestry Commission and Groundwork London and welcome applications until 29th August 2014. Further details including guidance and application forms can be found here.
The GLA has also secured additional funding to support innovative projects that deliver street trees combined with sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS). As a result we invite London boroughs to submit proposals for “trees+SuDS” projects by 19th September 2014, which will be delivered by March 2015.
Surface water flooding is a problem in many urban areas that have a large area of impermeable surface, like London. It occurs when rainwater cannot soak into the ground and overwhelms the drainage system, forming puddles, pools and temporary flows. Some storms completely overwhelm our drainage systems and we experience flooding that can affect properties and livelihoods. Like many other cities London is promoting sustainable drainage, including the use of green infrastructure to help reduce surface water flooding. Urban trees and forests are recognised as an important and cost effective infrastructure to help reduce flood risk resulting from intense rainfall.
Boroughs are the Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) for London and have responsibility for managing flood risk from surface water, groundwater and watercourses. Each London borough will have a Surface Water Management Plan produced through Drain London, as required in the Flood and Water Management Act (2010). As SuDS Approval Bodies (SABs), boroughs will adopt and maintain approved SuDS that serve more than one property, as well as SuDS in highways.
LTOA seminar on Tuesday 7 October 2014
At London Borough of Redbridge
9.30am - Tea and coffee
10:00am - Introduction from new LTOA chair Richard Edwards
10.05am - John Parker, LTOA working party chair, Surface materials around trees in the hard landscape
10.15am - Lars Schultz-Christensen, Arborist in Copenhagen, Tree Planting in Copenhagen
11:00am - David Houghton, Tree planting for subsidence
11.20am - Questions
11.30am - Short break
11.40am - Brian Crane, Brian Crane & Associates, Initial results from a long term study of the effects of root damage on street trees
12.25pm - Dave Lofthouse, LTOA working party chair, OSCCA (Open Source Canopy Cover Audit)
12.45pm - Questions
1.00pm - Lunch at local pub sponsored by Barcham Trees
Thank you to Christian Sheldon and LB Redbridge for hosting the meeting and for providing tea, coffee and biscuits and to Barcham Trees for the lunch.
Arboriculture Association Conference Attracts Global Speaker Roster and Senior Health Figures
‘Applied Arboriculture: Healthy Trees, Healthy People’
14th - 17th September, Royal Holloway, Egham, Surrey.
Excitement is building as the 2014 Arboricultural Association adds the finishing touches to its three day Amenity Conference in September. The event takes place at the prestigious Royal Holloway in Surrey and has attracted enormous interest as it focuses on some of the key issues associated with the benefits of healthy trees and healthy people.
Baroness Fookes of Plymouth will deliver the opening conference address. The health perspective will be represented by, amongst others, Sir Richard Thompson (recent past president of Royal College of Physicians) and Professor Nicola Spence (Chief Plant Officer, DEFRA).
Simon Richmond Conference Manager comments on the build up to the conference:
‘This year’s conference is breaking records all round. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Association and combined with such a topical theme we have attracted unrivalled interest from presenters and delegates. 36 speakers will be taking to the podium representing the very latest opinions, research and commentary. We have attracted 13 international speakers from as far afield as Australia and the Czech Republic who will provide new insights into the key topics of tree health and human well-being. This is not an event to be missed.’
The Principal Conference Themes
“ …an exceptional opportunity to learn, collaborate and share with global opinion makers and thought leaders..”
- Tree Populations: Climate change and biodiversity
- Managing Tree Health
- Trees and Human Health
- Challenging Established Practices
- Delivering Health and Well-being with Trees
- Next Ride4Research Ride: Sunday - 14th September
- LTOA Elect New Executive Committee
- Kew Urban Forest Resilience - summary of the conference now available
- Update on the current LTOA working parties - July 2014
- What We Do & Do Not Know About the Physical Benefits of Urban Trees
- London RE:LEAF Tree and Woodland Awards
- CIRIA Event - Getting trees right in the urban environment
- The RELEAF London i-Tree Eco Tree and Woodland Survey
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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