Get arboriculturists in planning departments, urges National Association of Tree Officers director Mike Volp

National Association of Tree Officers director Mike Volp has urged councils to involve trained arboriculturists in the planning process.

National Association of Tree Officers director Mike Volp told HW that many of the problems involved with the failure of young trees could be avoided by ensuring a tree expert was engaged in the planning process.

"You can get a landscape scheme that looks good on paper, but when it comes to implementation, it's rubbish," explained Volp, who works as a tree protection officer at Norwich City Council.

"We need arboriculture represented in the planning framework. I have established myself in planning to ensure planning conditions are met. It is all very well to have a planning officer go out to look at a scheme, but they won't know if a tree has been planted too deep and won't survive."

Mike Volp will be examining issues of young tree planting and management, as well as the planning process, during the Arboricultural Association's amenity arboriculture conference next month.

He will discuss issues facing establishing trees in urban environments, and the pressures on them such as neglect and lack of management.

Held at the University of Exeter on 20-23 September, the conference features talks from speakers including:

For further information, email admin@trees.org.uk.

 

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