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.
PEFC UK, with the assistance of a small working group are in the process of developing a standard for certification of ‘Trees outside Forests and specifically trees within an Urban environment'. This will be an appendix to the already endorsed national sustainable forest management scheme, which is the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS). The UKWAS has been adapted, with the grateful consent of the UKWAS Steering Group, to meet the requirements of the appendix in the PEFC International SFM standard (PEFC ST 1003: 2018) which covers ‘Trees outside Forests’. The consultation draft is out for consideration. It is hoped that once established, the standard will become an independently certified benchmark for councils and local authorities around the UK.
The consultation will last 60 days from 5th Jan 2021. After this period, the draft will be revised according to the feedback and comments received and submitted to the PEFC International for an Independent review and approval. https://www.pefc.co.uk/news_articles/pefc-trees-outside-forests-consultation
The UK Parliament Committee inquiry will examine these questions and what lessons can be learnt from the failure to meet previous tree planting ambitions in England. It will also consider how to balance the drive to plant more trees with the many other benefits for health, nature, and the economy derived from woods and forests.
The committee wants to hear your views. We welcome submissions from anyone with answers to the questions in the call for evidence. You can submit evidence until 6 December 2020. Please go to link: https://committees.parliament.