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.
We provide recommendations for Tree Officers and others who manage trees and woodlands in London, to help them formulate search and treatment plans and to understand the background to this serious pest.
The area affected by OPM is growing steadily and Government funded work is being carried out in order to determine appropriate management options for affected areas and also to understand the impact upon both tree and human health. The LTOA plays an active role in advising on national policy and decision making processes through membership of the OPM Strategic Advisory Group.
In 2010 the LTOA produced a guidance note which contains information that is useful in understanding how best to treat OPM, this is currently being reviewed in order to reflect developments in approaches towards management, the guidance note can be found here:
The consultation paper - Tree preservation orders: proposals for streamlining - has been launched today. It can be found on the Department for Communities and Local Government website at http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/treestreamliningconsult. This details the proposals to consolidate the existing regulations governing the making and management of tree preservation orders (TPOs), reduce the complexity of the model order and producing a unified system which will apply to all TPOs. It is likely that these new regulations will be brought into effect in 2011. The consultation period will end on 20 December 2010.
A consultation paper on Proposals for changes to planning application fees in England was published on 15 November. While it does not propose to introduce a fee for tree work applications/notices it does seek comment on whether this is the appropriate approach. Responses must be received by 7 January 2011. The consultation paper can be found at: http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/planningfeesconsultation
NB. Please note that the consultation on TPOs (Tree preservation orders - proposals for streamlining - http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/treestreamliningconsult) closes on 20 December 2010.