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Re: ALMO tree stock

Subject: Re: ALMO tree stock
From: Scott Cullen
Date: Dec 31 2010 12:05:12

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  To: UK Tree Care 
  Sent: Friday, December 31, 2010 6:41 AM
  Subject: Re: ALMO tree stock

  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. 

  SC When an organisation is charged with managing an asset, say housing or 
highways, and doing it efficiently the focus will always be the core function 
of the asset.  A highways engineer wants that road to support loads and 
traffic volume and be passable.  Trees may be an annoyance or an apparent 
drain on budget.  A housing manager wants to maximise revenue and minmise 
expenses.  People need a roof over their heads not trees.  Damn leaves need 
to be cleaned up and they casue subsidence and the painters don't want them 
shading their pretty paint.  Then there's the aphid poo. 
  SC There is a conflict between a traditional view that amenity is a frilly, 
non-essential enhancement (like the very expesive, hand rubbed clear top coat 
on your sports cars paint), and the emerging view of amenity trees as 
infrastructure.  I imagine there is always a risk to trees when they are 
managed as incidenta or subsidiary to some other asset. 


  "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.




   Jon Heuch Tel:          +44 (0)1233 XXX XXX Mob:    +44 (0)7810 XXX XXX


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