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Re: ALMO tree stock

Subject: Re: ALMO tree stock
From: Andy . Clark
Date: Dec 31 2010 11:41:40
Well it seems more increasingly evident that peeps like me are the 
exception to the rule then..........

A 20 year time served arborist, directly employed by a London ALMO, with 
the specific remit of managing the tree stock under the organisations 
jurisdiction, in line with standing LA policies - to include all housing 
communal open space land, and front/rear gardens of all council owned 

You know, perhaps if people started being a bit more pro-active and 
supportive, then maybe more ALMOs would have a better understanding of the 
subject matter; ie, TREES, and therefore an increased ability to take the 
job and the inherent responsibility seriously.

Especially when given their much closer relationship with Joe Public and 
the likes. 

A bit of a waste really - and I'm beginning to regret asking the question. 


"Jon Heuch" <> 
31/12/2010 11:21
Please respond to

UK Tree Care <>

Re: ALMO tree stock

SC From this side of the pond it appears that government is also a victim 
of the general UK penchant for abbreviations and acronyms :)

the UK government is not alone - all bureaucracies, cabals and 
professions use acronyms and
jargon. They're great means of improving communication to those that know 
and ruining communication
to everybody else!


As for ALMO's I guess they have similar tendencies to QUANGOs and the 
various agencies set up at
"arm's length" to government. They tend to be excuses to increase senior 
staff pay and perks (thus
providing great incentives to go in this direction) and reduce pay and 
perks and everybody else.
Competition is what they call it.


Having done a number of surveys for what may be ALMOs (I had never heard 
of the term either), PFIs,
PPPs and similar acronymic oganisations it seemed to me that "trees" had 
been bundled into the
general landscape conditions, and "trees" had been left to last. Unless 
there were clear guidelines
with preferably financial incentives to support desirable outcomes there 
was no long term vision for
tree management.




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