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We are now looking for local authority officers that would be interested in presenting at the conference in 2018. From the feedback received in 2017 delegates advised that some topics that they would like to hear about in 2018 are Planting & species selection; Pests & Diseases; Highways engineer engagement; Contracts; Green Infrastructure; Planning conditions; and Ecosystem services. This is an indicative list and if you have another topic that you think would be of interest, feel free to let us know. If you are interested then please get in touch via e-mail outlining what your subject would be, a couple of sentences outlining what you would cover and the rough length of time you would need to present. We don’t need a long abstract or the actual presentation at this early stage.
Poland is a nation with a rich and proud tradition of public protest and activism, some of which has received recent media attention in the UK. Attempts by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party to give control of judicial appointments to the government, threatening the independence of the judiciary, were met with significant public protests when first proposed in the summer of 2017. In October of the same year more than 100,000 Polish women took to the streets in response to PiS attempting to change abortion law to make the procedure entirely illegal. Further back in history, one of the most powerful examples of citizen power in the country must be the work of the Solidarity movement which was so influential in the 1989 fall of communism in Poland. All examples of ordinary people fighting against the system.
Written by Colleen O’Sullivan, Tree Officer, London Borough of Camden and first published in the Arb magazine Winter 2017
The London Tree Officers Association recently visited the city of Turin, Italy on the 12-13 October for a fantastic, jam-packed two day tour of the city. The visit was held in collaboration with the Turin Municipality through their Forestry Manager Gianmichele Cirulli.
The purpose of the trip was to further learn about the processes and systems in place in Turin to cope with Cerastocyctis platani, or canker stain of plane (CSP). This follows a visit to London by Gianmichele in December 2015, where he presented at an LTOA seminar about CSP. Nine members of the LTOA were able to attend, a mix of London tree officers, a Municipal Tree Officers Association tree officer and associate members.