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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Amateur photographers who can capture the immense value of London's trees and woodlands are invited to enter this year’s London Tree and Woodland Awards. The photography category joins six others for the third year of the prestigious awards that are backed by the Mayor of London and the Forestry Commission.
Individuals, groups and organisations who work hard to protect London’s invaluable trees and woodlands are also recognised in the awards. Last year they were presented by Broadcaster Neil Fox and Tim Rollinson, the Forestry Commission Director General.
“London's trees and woodlands are highly regarded by those who live and work in our capital city for making our streets more attractive and offering shelter from the sun as well as providing a long-term habitat for wildlife, reducing pollution and helping to mitigate against climate change.
These awards recognise those organisations, individuals and schools that help to improve London through their dedication to trees and woodlands,” says Ron Melville, the Forestry Commission’s Regional Director for London.
The categories this year are:
The Deadline for receipt of Nominations has been extended to Friday 29th October 2010 and the Awards will be presented at an invited evening reception on 2 December in the London Living Room at the top of City Hall.
Details on the awards, categories and how/where to apply are available on the Forestry Commission London web site at www.forestry.gov.uk/ltwa
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.