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The proposed ‘duty to consult’ in relation to street tree removal which was promised in the 2017 Conservative party manifesto was opened for consultation on 31 December 2018. The consultation period lasts until 28 February 2019.
These proposals should be regarded as one of the most significant issues that the tree officer community has ever been faced with; this is legislation which would directly impact the way in which tree officers do their work. The LTOA believes that each and every one of our members should participate in this consultation and ensure that their voice is heard.
The full document can be found here:
You should read the whole document for yourself but in summary the government is proposing four changes:
1. A duty to consult on the felling of street trees;
2. A duty to report tree felling and replanting;
3. Production of best practice guidance for local authorities to produce a tree strategy;
4. Giving the Forestry Commission more powers to tackle illegal tree felling.
Proposals one and two in particular would have a significant impact on tree officers. For the ‘duty to consult’ the Government’s preferred option is for a consultation on every tree proposed for felling during a four week consultation period, requiring a notice to be put on a tree, and letters sent to local residents in close proximity to the tree (a 100x100m area around the tree in question). If more than 50% of respondents disagree with the proposal, then a further consultation is triggered.
On Tuesday January 8th a stakeholder workshop was held in Birmingham by Defra which was attended by a wide range of representatives from across the arboricultural industry. Three members of the LTOA Executive Committee were in attendance including Chair Barbara Milne. The LTOA is ensuring that tree officers are being considered in this process but it is essential that as many of you as possible also get involved.
A small LTOA working party has been formed to review the consultation document on Wednesday 16 January in detail and produce a LTOA response. Once agreed by the Executive Committee this will be submitted to the government on behalf of the LTOA. We will also circulate the submission to the LTOA Membership so that you have the option to use it as the basis for your own response, should you want to. If you have any comments which you would like the working party to consider then please email Becky no later than close of play on Tuesday 15 January.
This is a matter of huge importance to all tree officers – please take the time to read the consultation document and respond accordingly.
Wootton to Battersea Park (Rob Penn: Fund4Trees [F4T] Patron)
For the F4T riders (Mick Boddy, Gabriel Hemery, Rob Penn and Russell Ball) the ride began at Wootton House (near Dorking Surrey). It seemed an appropriate place in honour of John Evelyn. He was born here, on All Hallow’s Eve in 1620, into a family whose wealth was founded on gunpowder production. Evelyn was a great man by any measure – eminent diarist, gardener, prolific scribe, urban planner and a political survivor in an age of extraordinary events. Tree-folk, of course, herald him as the author of Sylva, one of the earliest and most important treatises on forestry (and early arboriculture) in the English language. Evelyn didn’t return to Wootton until his 70s, spending most of his life at Sayes Court Manor in Deptford, SE London, the F4T ride destination.
The LTOA recently visited San Sebastian and the surrounding Basque country for a fantastic jam-packed two-day tour in collaboration with Juan Pagola, Viverospagola (www.viverospagola.com).
The purpose of the trip was to see notable and historic trees within the parks of San Sebastian and ancient trees in the surrounding area. The 18 strong group consisted of tree officers, tree contractors, and consultants, some with their partners.
Juan’s company is a family business involved in horticulture and arboriculture since 1898, and the company has been working for the San Sebastian authority for some 40 years.
San Sebastian is the capital city of the province of Gipuzkoa (707.298 inhabitants) a historical territory of the autonomous community of the Basque Country.