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.
National Tree Officers Conference 2016 - call for papers now open
The first National Tree Officer’s Conference is being organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) and the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). The conference will provide an opportunity for tree officers to present to their colleagues on the latest research, best practice and innovation in different areas of local authority arboricultural work.
The conference will be held on the 9th November 2016, at the Oakengates Theatre, Limes Road, Telford, TF2 6EP (www.theplacetelford.com). Conference bookings will open later in the year at www.charteredforesters.org/tree-officers-conference
The submission period for abstracts is now open and will close on the 14th April 2016.
Abstracts are to be a maximum of 500 words and will be considered on a wide range of subjects that are relevant to the remit of a tree/woodland/planning officer. (Abstracts will only be considered from local government (LG)-employed tree officers and woodland officers.) For guidance, the following subject headings are suggested:
- Tree strategies/policy/tree database innovation
- Tree risk management
- Case studies – tree projects and or best practice
- Tree related planning and enforcement case studies
- Raising the profile of trees with the LG setting/working effectively with Politicians
- Tree planting
- Working well with the public/tree groups/forums/friends of groups
Abstracts will be reviewed by a selection committee (Russell Horsey MICFor, Matthew Seabrook, Al Smith MICFor, Jake Tibbetts) and selection will be based on overall quality, appropriateness, focus, and the practical nature of material and appeal to a tree officer audience.
Natural Capital Investing in a Green Infrastructure for a Future London
A Green Infrastructure Task Force Report Prepared by the Greater London Authority on behalf of the Green Infrastructure Task Force. This is about a a vision for the Green Infrastructure of the future city. A high quality and well-maintained green infrastructure is integral to keeping the city healthy, happy, moving and functioning.
By 2050, all neighbourhoods will be able to benefit from, enjoy, and take pride in London’s green infrastructure.
The value of London’s trees is proven in ground breaking report
The benefits that all of London’s trees provide have been given a monetary value in the London i-Tree Eco Project report published yesterday. The quantity of these benefits – such as air quality improvement and carbon storage – is the result of the world’s largest survey of a city region involving hundreds of trained volunteers.
Most people appreciate the beauty of London’s trees but may not know, or tend to take for granted, the benefits that London’s urban forest provides for both people and nature. The i-Tree report, sponsored by Unilever, gives us a much better understanding of the structure and value of London’s urban forest. It is a method that is recognised worldwide and enables comparison with other cities. The information produced enables us to make better plans to manage London’s trees and highlights the need for continued tree planting to increase tree canopy cover over London.
The survey found that:
- Each year London’s trees remove 2241 tonnes of pollution worth £126m per year. Air pollution is a major issue for London and the contribution made by trees to its reduction has a direct positive impact on public health and is – literally - life saving.
- Each year London’s trees intercept rainfall and prevent nearly 3½ million cubic metres of water from entering the drainage system and so, reducing the risk of flooding and water pollution events. This is the equivalent of 1365 Olympic swimming pools with a monetary value of £2.8m per year.
- London’s trees store 2.4 million tonnes of carbon and they sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to reduce the impact of climate change. This is equivalent to the carbon produced from 26 billion vehicle miles.
The report highlights that there are a wide range of tree species - not just native trees but trees from around the world - that are suited to London conditions. However, at a more local level there are vulnerable landscapes that are currently reliant on one or two tree species, such as some parts of central London dominated by the iconic London plane. In order to reduce the risk of large numbers of trees being lost within a short time, planting of a wider species range is needed.
The report calls for everyone to recognise and support the multiple benefits that trees provide for London and to make their own contribution to protecting and enhancing London’s tree cover. This will help ensure that London continues to be a green city for future generations by planting trees in gardens, supporting tree planting by others, supporting organisations that promote and protect London’s trees.
Environment Minister, Rory Stewart, said: “Our trees and forests have long been central to British identity. But we are beginning to understand with even more precision, just how important they are to our air quality, our health and our happiness. This is a fantastic initiative. And it sits very well alongside our drive to plant an additional 11 million trees in this parliament, and to support green spaces across the country.”
Charlotte Carroll, Unilever UK Sustainability and Communications Director, commented: “The findings of this report provide clear evidence of the importance of trees in the fight against climate change and of their value to our society in helping to deliver a more sustainable future. At Unilever we're working on this important issue through our brightFuture movement and with the UN Climate Conference, COP21 in progress, now is the time to engage in the importance of trees in our everyday lives.”
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “London is one of the greenest, leafiest cities on the planet and as this survey proves, our canopy does a ‘tree mendous’ job of lowering pollution, alleviating flood water and boosting our environment.”
Craig Harrison, Forestry Commission London Manager said: “The i-Tree report shows some of the ways in which London’s trees enhance our daily lives, and many of the trees we enjoy today are the legacy of past tree planting. But London’s trees face challenges such as development pressures, climate change and disease. With the expected increase in London’s population the need for more trees will increase - so we need to protect existing trees and plant new trees - to ensure London remains an enjoyable place to live, work and visit”
London iTree survey - The report is available from:
Why we should plant more urban trees - Telegraph Article
Stephen Lacey of the Telegraph attended the last LTOA seminar on 5 November 2015 about big trees and wrote the following article on 29 November 2015 mentioning two of our members Andy Tipping, Arboricultural Manager at LB Barnet with the Dawn Redwood avenue and Tom Campbell, Tree Officer at Hackney with the Tree Champions initiative.
- Arboriculture and Forestry Announce New Apprenticeship Standards
- London Tree Officers Association seminar 15 December 2015
- LTOA Seminar for LTOA members - Thursday 5 November 2015
- Ash Dieback
- London Tree Officers Association – Position statement OPM 2015
- Tree-lined Routes & the Linear Forest
- An LTOA response to ‘Avenues of trees raise risk of air pollution’
- LTOA members visit Thames Chase Community Forest on 11 August 2015
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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