A call for papers

Building on the success of previous conferences, the fifth National Tree Officer’s Conference is being organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA), the Association of Tree Officers (ATO) and facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF).

The conference will be held on Wednesday the 4th November 2020 at Sheffield Town Hall.

The submission period for presentation proposals is now open and will close on Tuesday 9 June 2020 at 5pm.

This is a great opportunity for tree, woodland and planning officers to present to their peers on the latest research, best practice and innovation in different areas of local authority arboricultural and urban forestry work. 

Proposals must include your name, email address, presentation topic with overview (500-word maximum) and estimated duration.

Based on feedback from delegates at last year’s conference, the following subjects will be given preference:

  • Planning enforcement
  • Standardisation of planning procedures and conditions
  • Planting, including species selection in respect of climate change adaptation and resilience
  • Tree health, pest and diseases (Ash dieback in particular)

Additional topics will also be considered:

  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Legal issues
  • Tree valuation
  • Subsidence

The above lists are not exhaustive; the steering group is interested to consider any submission that is current and relevant to the national conference.

Submissions will be reviewed by a committee, with selection criteria including quality, appropriateness, focus, the practical nature of material, and potential appeal to the audience. 

Outlines should be sent by email to Becky Porter (LTOA): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We look forward to receiving your submissions. 



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), Association of Tree Officers (ATO) 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, ATO 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