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Re: Urban Forestry

Subject: Re: Urban Forestry
From: mark.johnston
Date: Feb 11 2001 11:09:57
Michael

Glad to hear that a copy of the survey report is on its way to you. I
thought I might just add an update on the reaction to the survey and the
prospects of a second survey.

The survey report has certainly generated a lot of interest, particularly
among Tree Officers. Much of this interest surrounds it relevance to Best
Value. When LAs need to compare their performance on urban tree management
against that of other LAs, the survey is a unique source of data. I'm very
pleased that it is being used in this way. What I would also like to see,
and what is recommeded in the report, is the establishment of some
nationally recognised standards of performance that all LA Tree Sections can
aspire too. This could be done within the context of a Tree City Britain
programme, similar to the Tree City USA scheme that has been running in the
US for many years. It would be great to see one of the major industry bodies
pick up on this idea.

After a print run of 750, we now have only about ten copies of the report
left. However, there are still a few copies out there available from the
sources that have been mentioned.

I think it is vitally important that another similar survey is conducted in
the near future. The first survey would provide the baseline data from which
we can measure progress, or the lack of it, on all the various aspects of
urban tree mangement in the intervening period. I'm my view, to just let the
first survey become slowly out of data without building on it with a second
survey would be a real shame. The first survey was funded entirely by
myself, as part of my doctorate research, although I did get some splendid
support from organisations in the industry to publish the results. I have
recently been in contact with Peter Annett at the DETR to interest them in
funding a second survey. What would be a great help in encouraging the DETR
to do this would be plenty of representations to them from Tree Officers and
others involved in urban tree management. I know that quite a few have
already done this but the more the DETR hear about the value of the first
survey to the industry, and the importance of a second survey, the more
likely they are to look positively on the idea.

If there are any Tree Officers out there who would like more information
about the survey, I can be contacted at the Arboriculture Programme at
Myerscough College.

Mark Johnston.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Foy, Michael" <M.Foy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.demon.co.uk>
To: "UK Tree Care" <uktc@xxxxxxxxx.co.uk>
Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2001 3:39 PM
Subject: RE: Urban Forestry


Thanks all for help.  A copy is winging its way to me as I type.

Cheers
Mike

-----Original Message-----
From: Alan Reeves [mailto:alanreevesuk@xxxxxx.co.uk]
Sent: 05 February 2001 21:38
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Re: Urban Forestry


Ian  McDermott has copies
see ISA UK/I Chapter Website
--- "Foy, Michael" <M.Foy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.demon.co.uk>
wrote: > Can anyone help?

Trying to get hold of a copy of a book/paper
published by a Mark Johnstone
from I think Belfast University on a survey he
undertook of LA's in UK on
their Arboricultural provision (staffing/funding
etc).



Regards
Mike Foy
Urban Forestry Officer
Edinburgh Urban Forest Project

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