Pit bull urban tree menace to be tackled by London Tree Officers Association

How to tackle dogs attacking urban trees is the subject of a lecture afternoon in London on 18 September.

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 meghowarth@waitrose.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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