London Tree & Woodland Framework manager Jim Smith and London Tree Officers Association chairman Oliver Stutter will be among those tackling the menace of pit-bull-type dogs chewing trees to train their jaws for fighting.
The Bark to Bark day at Islington Town Hall aims to start a national debate on how to deal with the issue. Contact email@example.com for details.
Schedule of the day:
1.00-1.10pm — Anna Berent, mayor of Islington, to welcome and introduce chairman
1.10-1.20pm — Greg Foxsmith, councillor on behalf of the London boroughs
1.20-1.35pm — Jim Smith of the Forestry Commission and London Tree & Woodland Framework on why urban trees really do matter
1.35-1.50pm — Oliver Stutter of the London Tree Officers Association, on the survey that the association is currently undertaking to determine the extent of the problem and progress to date
1.50-2.05pm — Martin Kelly or Jessica Beattie from the Trees & Design Action Group on the complexities of the situation
2.05-2.20pm — Greater London Authority police representative on current initiatives in London
2.20-2.35pm — representative from the RSPCA on how dogs are also damaged by this activity
2.35-2.40pm — chairman to introduce discussion
2.40-3pm — questions and discussion
3-3.10pm — summary
3.10-3.30pm — thanks and refreshments
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