The acclaimed annual National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) is normally held in early November. The event is organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF).

The NTOC is a unique gathering for professionals interested in all areas of local authority arboricultural work. The conference is crucial to tree, woodland and planning officers by providing a significant platform for collaboration, partnerships, benchmarking and an insight into current best practice and research. It will demonstrate industry innovation from across the UK, and there is normally a speaker from Europe providing an example of local authority tree management in mainland Europe.

The NTOC steering group is made up of officers from the LTOA, MTOA, ICF and the Tree Officers Forum

The subjects covered in the conference are varied:

  • Planning
  • Enforcement and Felling licenses
  • Pest and Diseases
  • Collaboration – Private and Public
  • Species Selection
  • Climate Change
  • Innovation
  • Austerity budget
  • Legal discussions
  • Tree valuation
  • Subsidence

Why attend:

  • Network opportunities
  • Learn how local authorities are handling ongoing issues and excelling in their profession
  • The opportunity to be part of the discussion, influence change, and future collaboration


Who should attend:

  • Tree Officers
  • Woodland Officers
  • Planning Officers
  • Landscape Architects
  • Tree Consultants
  • Urban Foresters
  • Tree professionals
  • Organisations, Local Authorities, Local Government Representatives who contribute to urban forestry