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.
It is estimated that 40 million trees in the UK have been surveyed and the data stored in local authority databases. Data for just 1.1 million of these trees are included in the UK's and world's largest open-access tree database, Treezilla.
Tree surveys are carried out for different purposes and often to different specifications. Many tree data collection protocols and methods overlap in their recommendations but differences between them make it difficult or impossible to compare, combine, or reuse data.
To address these problems in 2019 the COMMUNITREE project partners drafted a new data standard for surveys of individual trees. The steps taken to develop the data standard are described in detail in Developing the Individual Tree Data Standard.
Standardised tree data collection and recording will enable people to easily share their data so that a single dataset can be recycled for many purposes.
The Individual Tree Data Standard is a partnership between Forest Research, the Open University, and Treework Environmental Practice.
For more information https:https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/research/urban-tree-benefits/individual-tree-data-standard/
24 November 2021 at 10am – 11am for ATO members only
Welcome by Barbara Milne, ATO Director, who will chair the call.
10am Mapscape introduction as new ATO supporter
10.05am Tree Life introduction as a new ATO supporter
10.10 Jim Smith, Forestry Commission, Coping strategies for work related stress and ill health.
10.20 Richard Edwards, LB Croydon, Mental health issues don’t affect people like me.
10.30 Helen Waddington, Perennial, Perennial, how we help, talking about mental health and wellbeing.