THE date for 2024's National Tree Officers Conference has been set. 

Hosted by the Association of Tree Officers (ATO), Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) and the Municipal Tree Officers’ Association (MTOA), the event will take place in Leeds on November 6. 

Developed for tree officers, the National Tree Officers Conference 2024 is a great opportunity for tree, woodland and planning professionals to present to their peers on the latest research, best practice and innovation across a wide range of local authority arboricultural and urban forestry work.

Due to be conference's ninth edition, organisers are looking for presentation proposals relating to the following subject areas:

  • Pests and diseases
  • Planting and species selection
  • Climate change mitigation/increasing resilience
  • Planning and development
  • Ancient/Veteran Tree management
  • Biosecurity
  • Managing physical damage (e.g. deer, squirrel, dogs, vandalism)
  • Public/stakeholder engagement
  • Trees and the law
  • Local authority tree management (including felling procedures, risk assessment and subsidence)
  • Use of tree data for management, information and influence

Submitting your presentation idea couldn’t be easier – simply email a short description (100–150 words) of your proposed topic, along with a provisional title, to Please use ‘NTOC 2024 presentation proposal – [Your Name]’ as the subject line for your email.

Submissions will be reviewed by the conference steering group with quality, relevance, the practical nature of the material and potential audience appeal as key assessment criteria.

The submission period for presentations is now open and will close on Friday, May 17. If you have any queries regarding the submission process, please contact Becky Porter, executive officer at the LTOA –