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.
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The London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) has announced the election of a new Executive Committee to head up the association for the next two years. The Executive Committee was elected by the members of the LTOA and will continue to promote urban forestry and represent tree officers in London and beyond. For full details of the LTOA and short biographies of the Executive Committee please visit http://www.ltoa.org.uk/about-the-ltoa/the-executive-committee.
The new Chair of the Executive Committee is John Parker (Transport for London) and the Vice Chair is Barbara Milne (City of Westminster). The other members of the Committee are Andy Tipping (Barnet), Clare Pappalardo (Haringey), Colleen O’Sullivan (Camden), Craig Ruddick (Richmond), Dave Lofthouse (Merton), Gary Meadowcroft (Southwark), Jake Tibbetts (Islington), Lawrence Usherwood (Brent), Oliver Stutter (Southwark) and Richard Edwards (Croydon).
John Parker, new Chair of the LTOA, said “I believe that a healthy population of urban trees is best achieved through a healthy population of urban tree officers. Over the next two years the Executive Committee will continue to ensure that the LTOA provides representation and support to our members and to tree officers everywhere. We will continue to offer high-quality professional publications and seminars and will also seek to build stronger relationships across the UK and internationally, particularly with our friends and colleagues in Europe.”
Tree officers and those managing the urban forest often have quite a tough time of things. They’re on the front line of arboriculture when the complaints come in, fending off the classic “I love trees, but..” correspondence and patiently explaining that there really is no council conspiracy to remove/retain a healthy/dangerous tree (delete as applicable).
On 24 May 2016 a list of nominations was issued to full members who have 28 days to decide whether they want to endorse and ratify the list of potential Executive Committee members. In order for the elections to be valid we need a minimum of 51% of the full membership to participate; it is therefore really important that you get involved as a full member of the LTOA.
The current Executive Committee members who are seeking re-election are:
Jake Tibbetts (LB Islington)
Richard Edwards (LB Croydon)
Dave Lofthouse (LB Merton)
Gary Meadowcroft (LB Southwark)
Barbara Milne (City of Westminster)
John Parker (Transport for London)
Oliver Stutter (LB Southwark)
Andy Tipping (LB Barnet)
Lawrence Usherwood (LB Brent)
Colleen O’Sullivan (LB Camden)
There are two new candidates seeking election:
Clare Pappalardo (LB Haringey)
Craig Ruddick (LB Richmond)
John Parker and Barbara Milne have been nominated by the Executive Committee as Chair and Vice Chair respectively, and if re-elected to the Executive Committee will be confirmed in those positions.
If all the committee are endorsed and ratified by the full membership we will have a full complement of executive committee members according to the constitution which is 12 people.
Ceratocystis platani (plane wilt) is a fungal disease affecting plane trees in some parts of the European mainland including France, Italy and Greece. It only affects plane trees, compromising the vascular system and ultimately leading to the death of the infected tree. It spreads via spores, typically transported from one tree to another by infected equipment such as chainsaws. The disease is not known to be present in the UK. In order to minimise the risk of it entering the country the UK has been designated Protected Zone Status (PZS) by the EU, placing restrictions on imports of plane saplings.