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.
National Tree Officers Conference 2022 – Invitation to Present
We’re excited to announce the launch of the National Tree Officers Conference 2022!
Building on the success of six previous events, we’re delighted that the conference is returning to its roots and will take place physically in Telford on the 9th November. This will be the first face-to-face National Tree Officers Conference in three years and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone in-person again.
Developed by tree officers for tree officers, the National Tree Officers Conference 2022 will be a fantastic opportunity for tree, woodland and planning officers to present to their peers on the latest research, best practice and innovation across a wide variety of local authority arboricultural and urban forestry work.
We’re looking for presentation proposals relating to the following subject areas:
• Pests and diseases
• Planting and species selection (including tree planting for climate change)
• Ancient/Veteran Tree management
• Managing physical damage to trees (e.g. deer, squirrel, dog or vandalism)
• Public engagement
• Local authority tree management (including tree felling procedures, risk assessment and subsidence)
• Use of tree data for management, information and influence
The above list is not exhaustive – we would welcome any subject of relevance to local authority tree management.
Submissions will be reviewed by the conference steering group with quality, relevance, the practical nature of the material and potential audience appeal as key assessment criteria.
The National Tree Officers Conference 2022 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.
A consultation on Biodiversity Net Gain Regulations and Implementation https://consult.defra.gov.uk/defra-net-gain-consultation-team/consultation-on-biodiversity-net-gain-regulations/ came out from DEFRA in January with a deadline of 5 April 2022 for comments.
ATO members could provide any comments directly to DEFRA or engage via their own local authority response. In addition, let ATO know if you have any views on trees on which you would like ATO to comment as we will be setting up an ATO working party to put together a response in the next couple of weeks in mid March 2022.