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.
The event in Birmingham brings together a unique line up of experts to discuss the questions which impact on all woodland owners and managers, and on everyone who loves or is involved in woodlands – what should we all be doing to ensure our woodlands are resilient to the threat of environmental change?
Full details of the conference, the speakers and how to book are attached, or go to www.rfs.org.uk and follow the conference links. Please circulate the attached to colleagues/members and anyone else you feel would be interested. The conference counts towards CPD for a number of organisations, and places are limited, so book early!
RFS President Sophie Churchill and The Woodland Trust CEO, Beccy Speight will be chairing the day.
Speakers are: Resilient Landscapes - Mike Townsend, Woodland Trust; Ecological Resilience in Woodlands - Duncan Stone, Scottish Natural Heritage; Making Woodlands Pay - Graham Taylor, Pryor and Rickett Silviculture; Resilience: a research perspective - Professor Rob MacKenzie , BIFoR; Forest Resilience and Climate Change - Jonathan Spencer, Forestry Commission; Resilience in Living Landscapes - Stephen Trotter, the Wildlife Trusts; Natural Capital - Professor Dieter Helm, Chairman of Natural Capital Committee (by video); Marketing your Woodland: innovations in wood product markets - Jez Ralph, Timber Strategies; Are pine martens the answer to grey squirrel control? - Dr Tom Tew, Chief Executive Environment Bank and Chairman of Vincent Wildlife Trust; A Practical Guide to taking Action on Resilience - Dr Gabriel Hemery, Sylva Foundation.
We look forward to seeing you there
Simon Lloyd Beccy Speight
Chief Executive, Chief Executive Officer
Royal Forestry Society The Woodland Trust
Richard Edwards who attended the first bat and woodland course for full LTOA members said "It was a really interesting day, the morning indoor sessions cover British bats, protected species and wildlife law, and tree/woodland management, including a look at the essential Bat Surveys – Good Practice Guidelines and the new BS 8596:2015 British Standard Surveying for bats in trees and woodland Guide.
The afternoon session is a walk round Cherry Tree Wood, East Finchley using various pieces equipment to look at bat habitats and potential roost features.
A big thank you to Sue Morgan and David Mitchell who ran the course. Sue’s knowledge on bats was complimented by David’s practical approach to woodland management and their enthusiasm for the subject made this a really useful day. Sue’s impression of a bat makes it worth attending for that alone.
I would also like to thank Andy Tipping, Barnet’s Trees and Woodland Manager, for providing an excellent venue".
Nominations are now invited for this year’s London Tree and Woodland Awards.
The London Tree and Woodland Awards raise awareness of London’s urban forest, celebrate the great work taking place and inspire others to do more.
In summary the award categories for this year are:
1. Community Woodland Award
2. Community Tree Award
3. Acorn Award
4. Trees and Development Award
5. Trees and Learning Award
6. Individual Commitment Award
On behalf of the Forestry Commission, the London Tree Officers' Association (LTOA) surveyed 2,979 London plane trees (Platanus x acerifolia) in 2014 for symptoms of C. platani. Inspections were undertaken at 53 sites across 28 London boroughs. More than half of the sites surveyed included potential hosts planted during the past 10 years, and the sites ranged in size from a minimum of 20 to, in some cases, more than 200 trees. No positive findings of C. platani were detected in any of the trees inspected.
For more information please see this link http://www.forestry.gov.uk/planetreethreats.