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.
The ATO Directors would like to reassure all members that we are working hard to ensure business continuity for ATO at this exceptional time. We are facing new and sometimes substantial challenges to our working and personal lives, and we are all having to adapt quickly to try to maintain the services we provide to our local authorities and clients.
Until further notice, ATO are making use of conference calls and other virtual meeting technology to continue with business.
From all of the ATO Directors we hope you are all keeping safe and well, and let us also hope that normality returns before too long.
The Association of Tree Officers (ATO) has emerged from the National Association of Tree Officers (NATO) and the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) joining forces to build a stronger national organisation. ATO will represent and promote UK tree officers at a national and international level and support the work of the regional tree officer groups.
During the past year the ATO Directors have:
With the continued support of our membership and supporters and the strong links to regional tree officer groups, ATO is the national voice for tree officers. Standing together tree officers will have a stronger and unified voice, which can only be a good thing for tree officers.
For more information please explore our website further and if you would like to become a member of ATO please take a look at our membership pages https://www.ato.org.uk/members
The Diversity and Inclusion Working Party of the LTOA was formed in response to the Chair, Barbara Milne’s, call for an investigation into potential barriers to accessing the Arboricultural profession, particularly for women.
During the initial meetings they expanded this aim, to work towards improving accessibility in general, including encouraging people from different social and educational backgrounds, encouraging people from different cultural backgrounds, people with external demands on their time, to name a few.
Part of the issues surrounding accessibility is how Tree Officers promote their work and roles. Often this is through job advertisements and recruitment.
The initial findings found inaccurate information on public websites about the role of a Tree Officer. As a result, they have created a new, up-to-date job profile that they hope will improve people’s knowledge of the job requirements and subsequently encourage more diverse applicants.
The only dedicated conference for professional tree officers, National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC), will be held in Sheffield in early November 2020.