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The London Tree Officers Association is holding a seminar on morning of Monday 18 July at Kings Cross, London looking at trees, air quality and the heat island effect.
The speakers will be Professor Rob Mackenzie, Director, Birmingham Institute of Forest Research talking about air quality and urban form: the role of trees and the urban forest and Professor Rohinton Emmanuel, Director of the BEAM Research Centre, Glasgow Caledonian university talking about heat islands, urban form and the green infrastructure: thermal comfort and energy implications.
Air quality in London has been front page national news on several occasions in recent weeks. Temperatures over the first four months of 2016 indicate that the year will globally be the hottest on record – just as 2015, 2014 and 2013, were before it. The role of trees in mitigation of and adaption to climate change is more generally recognised daily – the odd pseudoscience put down of trees as polluters notwithstanding.
At least two London borough Tree Officer Teams, using the LTOA designed OSCCA and the i-Tree Canopy tool have determined the percentages of canopy cover under their control – and by implication, the limits to what they can achieve directly in increasing canopy by planting.
The LTOA has its own Trees and Health working party and is working with other partners on how to turn the many initiatives on trees and health into practical projects which can benefit London’s air – and at the same time fulfil the host of other roles that trees have in our general wellbeing. It is a general presumption that it is Local Government which will deliver the bold increases in tree canopy and green infrastructure which are required, but ironically seldom recognised that it is a healthy population of tree officers that holds the detailed experience and knowledge keys to deliver.
The LTOA Working party have collected a range of references on trees, health and wellbeing, which will soon be posted on the website. We look forward to contributions on what our members are achieving in this arena spreading the word and deed. We need to build on the growing realisation that trees have an enormous benefit to public health.
LTOA Exec and Trees and Health Working Party
Craig Ruddick, Arboricultural Manager, LB Richmond
In July over sixty delegates from both the London Tree Officer Association (LTOA) and Arboricultural Association took the trip to Brighton to take part in an elmstudy day. The day provided a fantastic opportunity to not only see the prized National Elm Collection but to also hear from the people who were responsible for safeguarding Brighton’s elms and from those that are continuing to do so. The event was sponsored by David Archer Associates.
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).