The London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) has announced it has launched a new best practice guidance for urban forestry document for industry-wide consultation.
‘Visualisation Protocol for urban forestry’ is the product of the first international LTOA working party.
The protocol is intended to be of value to any tree officers who use visualisations in their work; whether reviewing, commissioning or creating them. It provides tree officers with a basic understanding of the planning and production process and outlines the main types of visualisations which might be encountered.
The protocol has been created specifically for visualisations in which urban trees play a key role and it aimed to help tree officers ensure that visualisations they are involved with are “accurate, representative, easy to understand, interesting and legitimate”.
The authors of the protocol are Ana Macias from Arbocity in Spain and Stephen Sheppard from the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning at the University of British Columbia in Canada.
The document was reviewed and contributed to by the LTOA tree officers on the working party – John Parker and Grayham Tindal (Transport for London), Dave Lofthouse and Dan Sitch (LB Merton), Stephen Downing (LB Enfield) and Julian Fowgies (LB Bromley).
The LTOA said in order to create the “most robust document possible” the document released today is a draft version for consultation purposes. It will be disseminated to colleagues in arboriculture, urban forestry, landscaping and beyond.
Consultation will close on August 31st, after which date all comments and feedback will be collated and reviewed by the working party. Necessary amendments will be made accordingly and the final Protocol should be published later in 2018.