Ha ha ha, well ... I Just wanted to get my point over Alastair, ... I
mean, "TPO'ing trees pro-actively." huh, I haven't even got the time or
resources to have a pee at the moment ... FFS, I get fed up with the
'Save The World' gang ... We're hardly short of trees in this region!
We're small fry dealing with very local amenity in the urban areas.
I believe this is a sure sign that our current system isn't working well.
Earlier someone posted
that they would be reluctant to post TPO documents on the
internet.because..why was it, people might
see them? Sometime ago I met a Council official (at a DCLG meeting) who
thought TPOs should be
managed using secrecy as a key component. The knowledge that some Councils
may raise a TPO on the
basis of a phone call enquiring about a TPO is a sure way of engendering
Would we manage historic buildings on the same basis as trees? No point in
listing them until
someone starting knocking them down? It wouldn't work would it?
Tree officers have to manage and protect trees with the support of local
populations. Working by
themselves it is hardly surprising that tree officers may be overwhelmed.
Councils should work with the population to identify trees of great
importance (the real ones, not
the mid size self sown ash that no one has really looked at before but now
might be affected by a
new footpath). TPO those and manage the rest on a population basis i.e.
monitor them, balancing
removals with replacements. How is this done? Well how many retired people
are looking for something
to do? How many tree wardens are out there? Do you have a local BTCV or
equivalent that could
mobilise forces? It's a different job to the way many tree officers jobs are
currently run but I
bet it would be lot more satisfying and effective.
Jon Heuch Tel: +44 (0)1233 713 466 Mob: +44 (0)7810 610 712
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