The Association of Tree Officers (ATO) will promote, support and represent Tree Officers. Administrative control of ATO will be undertaken by the ATO Directors, supported by the National Co-ordinator, Becky Porter.
2pm Welcome by Barbara Milne, ATO Director, who will chair the call.
2.05pm Dr Charles Lane, Consultant Plant Pathologist of Fera Science, will be speaking on this call to ATO members about Observatree, the Tree Health Citizen Science project and their achievements in 2019, a review of emerging pest and pathogens added to the risk register in 2019 with particular reference to beech leaf disease. He will also talk about the International Plant Sentinel Network, another tree health early warning system.
2.25pm Questions for Charles
2.30pm Tom Russell-Grant, Tree Officer, Norfolk County Council, A quick update on Ash Dieback in Norfolk focusing on how they have had to alter their inspections in light of Covid-19 and a quick run through findings from their surveys to date.
2.40pm Questions for Tom
2.45pm Any other questions from members for other members about working practices or any information exchange.
Building on the success of previous conferences, and in light of the ongoing situation with Coronavirus (Covid-19), we’re excited to announce the fifth National Tree Officers Conference is being moved online.
This month-long event, developed by tree officers for tree officers, is a fantastic opportunity for tree, woodland and planning officers to present to their peers on the latest research, best practice and innovation in different areas of local authority arboricultural and urban forestry work.
The conference will be held over four weeks in November, beginning 2nd November 2020. Bookings for the conference will open on 17th August 2020.
Each of the four weeks will feature presentations covering specific topics. We’re looking for presentations for interactive, online sessions covering the following subject areas:
The submission period for presentations is now open and will close on 6th July 2020.
Proposals must include your name, email address, presentation topic with overview (500-word maximum) and estimated duration. Presentations can be performed live or submitted prior to the conference in video format. We’re also keen to hear from tree officers who are interested in leading discussion groups relating to the various sessions that will be held throughout the month.
Submissions will be reviewed by a committee, with selection criteria including quality, appropriateness, focus, the practical nature of material, and potential appeal to the audience.
The National Tree Officers Virtual Conference 2020 is proudly organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers’ Association (MTOA), the Association of Tree Officers (ATO) and facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters.
The Arboricultural Association, London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and the Association of Tree Officers (ATO) have launched a campaign to ensure that newly planted trees are watered regularly over the summer months, highlighting the fact that young tree maintenance is just as important as planting.
The dry weather which much of the UK experienced during April raised the question about how trees might be affected by COVID-19 if those people who ordinarily water them are no longer able to do so. Hundreds of thousands of trees have been planted over the last couple of years, but without proper aftercare they will not make it into maturity.
Many local authorities and community groups have developed their own labels for trees to encourage residents to water them, but the Association felt there was a need for more generic material which would be used by residents, community groups and local authorities throughout the country if they did not have the time or resources to produce their own.
The Association has worked with tree officers across the country to develop new materials for a tree watering campaign which was launched on May 1st. This collaborative project with the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and Association of Tree Officers (ATO) has resulted in an information poster and watering tags which can be printed at home and affixed to tree stakes or tied to the tree. These are free to download and can be found online at www.trees.org.uk/watering
Arboricultural Association Technical Director John Parker said:
“it has been great to work together with the three tree officer groups on this important new campaign which helps to highlight the fact that young tree maintenance is just as important as planting.”