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 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/
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.