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The LTOA has become a UK partner in the new Euphresco project Identification of Cryphonectria and Ceratocystis spp. occurring on sweet chestnut and Platanus spp.
We have also set up a new CSP working party made up of 8 LTOA members which will be looking at drawing up guidance for tree officers and contractors.
The LTOA – in association with Treework Environmental Practice – has released a new industry publication: Detecting and identifying canker stain of plane. This 48-page A5 colour booklet contains all of the essential information about canker stain (Ceratocystis platani) and should be regarded as essential reading for anyone interested in finding out more about the disease.
It includes chapters detailing morphology and infection strategies, movement and spread, symptoms, practical survey tips, sample collection and fungal identification, the UK and Italian methods of prevention and control and a comprehensive list of references and further reading. The text is accompanied by colour photographs on almost every page and drawings/diagrams to assist identification and diagnosis.
The booklet was authored by international expert in Ceratocystis platani Professor Lucio Montecchio, of De Rebus Plantarum at the University of Padua. This 2nd edition English-language version has been revised and updated by John Parker of the LTOA and Neville Fay of Treework Environmental Practice to include additional material relevant to the UK situation, including the methodology and results of the LTOA Protected Zone Status surveys for Ceratocystis in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Since 2014 the LTOA has been leading on monitoring plane trees in London for the presence of canker stain, working closely with the Forestry Commission, Forest Research and several tree officers and managers to survey thousands of trees across the capital to meet the requirements necessary to retain Protected Zone Status This ensures that plane saplings can only be imported into the country from other areas which have been confirmed as being free of the disease.
The LTOA has developed considerable expertise in the subject and in October 2016 was confirmed as the UK partner in a new pan-European Euphresco project – Identification and early detection of Cryphonectria parasitica and Ceratocystis platani occurring on trees in Europe.
Copies of the booklet are priced at just £5 and are available to purchase from the LTOA.
Formerly the London Parks & Green Spaces Forum, which was set up as a charity in 2013, Parks for London will continue to provide the leading strategic and representative voice for its supporters and the green space sector in London.
The charity is dedicated to promoting and enhancing London’s parks and green spaces; working with the people that own, manage, maintain and use them to keep them thriving, accessible, safe and beautiful.
The rebrand comes in light of a decision by trustees to simplify what the charity stands for in a bold and eye-catching way. The new logo and strapline act to further complement the aims of the charity going forward.
Tony Leach, Chief Executive of Parks for London said “At Parks for London we believe that life conditions can be improved through the provision of safe, accessible and stimulating parks and green spaces. Safeguarding our parks and green spaces sets out our ultimate ambitions to ensure that these precious resources are protected now and in the future.
Whilst the name of the charity has changed, Parks for London’s aims remain the same; advising and informing supporters of developments in the sector, advocating and protecting the existing parks and green spaces now and in the future, and celebrating and promoting the diversity of green infrastructure across London.
Sue Ireland, Chairman of the Trustees said: “This is an exciting time for Parks for London. Parks and green spaces across London are facing increasing pressures with funding cuts, and demand for housing. This gives us the opportunity to work with our supporters to find innovative solutions to help secure the future of our parks and green spaces, and work with the private sector to support their ambitions for new green spaces in new developments across London.”
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.