The National Association of Tree Officers (NATO) wants a strong national body for tree officers to build on the work of the past and ensure national promotion, support and representation of Tree Officers. Administrative control of NATO will be undertaken by the NATO Directors, supported by the NATO Administrator, Becky Porter.
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 this year in Reading, Wednesday 6 November.
We are delighted to tell you that we have now finalised our programme. We are really excited, have a look here to see why.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Gian Michele Circulli, a local authority tree officer working for the City of Turin in Italy. You will also hear from a wide range of presenters from across the UK.
The conference will examine felling licences and exemptions, pests and diseases, the role of trees in climate change, urban tree data collection and more.
This year the conference will explore:
Last year the conference was sold out with 260 delegates in attendance. Don’t risk missing out, book your ticket today!
You can book your ticket and find out more about the NTOC here.
Don’t forget to search for #TreeOfficerUK to find out more about this year’s conference and catch up with some of the topics from the last three years.