• The Association of Tree Officers (ATO)

    The Association of Tree Officers (ATO)

    Representing the views and concerns of tree officers nationwide
  • The Association of Tree Officers (ATO)

    The Association of Tree Officers (ATO)

    Representing the views and concerns of tree officers nationwide
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Welcome to The Association of Tree Officers Website

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.

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Tickets are now on sale for the fifth National Tree Officers Conference, due to take place online throughout the entire month of November.

Proudly organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers’ Association (MTOA), the Association of Tree Officers (ATO) and the Institute of Chartered Foresters, this influential event will showcase the latest research, best practice and innovation in different areas of local authority tree, woodland and planning work.

This year’s conference will feature a range of topics from leading arboriculture and urban forestry professionals:

With several sessions every week, there’ll be nearly 20 presentations held throughout the month. Book your Month Pass today and gain access to every session of the conference!

There’ll be a wide range of international expert speakers presenting on topics such as Ash dieback, plant passporting in urban forestry, biodiversity in the urban landscape, tree planting programmes, sustainable infrastructure, urban treescape resilience and community forestry.

Confirmed presentations include:

  • Planting Beds with Biochar, Tree Planting, Species Selection and Biodiversity in Stockholm, Sweden
    Britt-Marie Alvem and Neil Ross, Stockholm City Council

  • Veteran Trees and Planning – Is Current Practice the Best Practice?
    James Remmington, Planning Tree Officer at Buckinghamshire Council

  • Leicestershire County Council’s Ash Dieback Action Plan
    Stewart Marshall, Team Leader (Forestry Officer) at Leicestershire County Council

  • How does Hampshire Highways replacement tree planting programme compare to Frank S. Santamour’s 10-20-30 rule?
    Mike Ripley, Tree Officer at Hampshire County Council

 

  • The Impact and Management of Pests and Diseases at Kew
    Kevin Martin, Manager of Arboriculture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

 

  • Designing, Delivering and Establishing Urban Tree Planting for the London Borough of Barnet
    Katerina Hadincova, Arboriculture Officer at London Borough of Barne

 

  • Plant Health Regulation and its Relevance to Arboriculture
    Phil Barwell, Senior Arboricultural Officer at London Borough of Southwark

 

  • Community Forestry in Sheffield
    Catherine Nuttgens, Community Forestry Manager at Sheffield City Council

 

  • How is Urban Treescape Resilience Understood and Implemented by Tree Officers?
    James Robinson, Social Scientist at Forest Research

 

  • My Role as Arboricultural Officer for the Office of Public Works in Ireland
    Cormac Downey, Arboricultural Officer at the Office of Public Works, Ireland

 

  • Growing a Green City – Planning for the Urban Forest
    Simon Needle, Principal Arboriculturist and Ecologist at Birmingham City Council

 

  • A Single Digital Tree Preservation Order Data Set – Nature and Technology Working in Harmony
    Nick Boddington, HM Land Registry

 

  • ‘Right Tree, Right Place, Right Infrastructure’: The Importance of Urban Tree Pit Design in Hard Landscapes
    Dean Bell, PhD Researcher in the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments at the University of the West of England, and Chris Corder, Assistant Arboricultural Manager at Hampshire County Council

 

  • Urban Greening Factor
    Jake Tibbetts, Team Manager (Arboriculture) at London Borough of Islington

 

With more presentations set to be confirmed featuring content presented by expert arboricultural and urban forestry professionals, this is going to be a fantastic month-long event. The National Tree Officers Virtual Conference 2020 will be a great opportunity to learn more about the latest developments in arboriculture and urban forestry.

Bookings for the National Tree Officers Conference 2020 are now open!

  • Individual sessions – £10 (available soon)
  • Week Pass – £18
  • Month Pass (includes access to every session) – £35

The Month Pass provides excellent value and offers continued access to recorded versions of the presentations for 9 months following the event – enjoy the conference presentations at a time that suits your schedule

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the National Tree Officers Virtual Conference 2020!

The Arboriculture, Forestry, Horticulture and Landscape Apprenticeship Group has gained approval from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to develop four new apprenticeships. Once complete, these will be supported by the Government’s apprenticeship scheme and available for training providers to offer across England.

Employers, with the support of training professionals, have been working hard to write the content of these new apprenticeships and now need a wider perspective. To make sure that they meet the needs of the widest cross-section of organisations, they need the industry’s help.

If you are an employer, training provider, assessment organisation or potential apprentice, please complete this survey before 15th October 2020 here: https://www.charteredforesters.org/2020/09/your-chance-to-input-on-four-new-apprenticeships/.

It only takes 10 minutes and gives you the chance to influence the content of these future apprenticeships.

The four proposed apprenticeships are:

  • Arboriculturist - Level 4 (a step above an A-Level)
    This occupation assesses tree health and risk, manages contractors, handles complaints, applies the law in relation to tree work and makes/assesses planning applications.
  • Horticulture Technical Manager - Level 5 (foundation degree level)
    Developing and manages parks, gardens, greenspaces and grounds (e.g. business parks, schools, retail sites etc).
  • Professional Arboriculturist - Level 6 (degree level)
    This will include managing peri-urban and urban trees including writing and implementing proactive strategic plans to enhance the environment to benefit people, air quality, biodiversity, amenity and the built environment while mitigating risk to people, buildings and property from trees by coordinating proactive inspections and undertaking tree work operations within an appropriate time-scale.
  • Professional Forester - Level 6 (degree level)
    This is a technical expert in planning, creation, management, harvesting and utilisation of woodlands and forests.

This is a unique opportunity for our industries to develop work-based training routes into higher technical roles that are recognised and funded by Government. They will help businesses bring new talent into their workforce and develop existing staff into these roles, helping us make sure we have effective and technically trained managers to drive our sector forwards for years to come.

 

 

The government is making changes to the Countryside Stewardship programme and developed the Environment Land Management (ELM) Scheme to replace it. The ELM scheme is founded on the principal of “public money for public goods” and will be the cornerstone of the agricultural policy now we have left the EU.

A copy of the policy document can be found here: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/elm/elmpolicyconsultation/

And a copy of ATO's response can be found here

 

Agenda 

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.

3pm Finish

 

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