OPM: A practical toolkit for Local Authorities
The Tree Council has worked with Defra, Forestry Commission and Forest Research to produce a practical toolkit that will equip Local Authorities and others responsible for managing trees with the information and tools needed to develop local risk-based management approaches for OPM.
The toolkit has been produced with the generous input of Local Authorities and land managers at the forefront of dealing with OPM, so is an excellent resource that makes the latest expertise and on-the-ground experience available to all.
Crucially, the toolkit promotes evidence-led, risk management that balances the need to safeguard public health and wellbeing with maintaining biodiversity and protecting our precious oak trees.
How the toolkit will help you
The toolkit has been written primarily to equip Local Authorities and land-managers who are responsible for managing trees and greenspaces (especially where there is public access) with the information they need. It also provides useful background information about OPM and insights into the latest relevant policy and practice. Through a series of case studies, it collects and shares examples of good practice, and it provides a framework for local risk assessments to aid decision-making.
If you have any feedback on the toolkit, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to hear from you.
Hear more from OPM experts
Join us at a free online event on the 8th February 2022 to find out more about recent policy changes and how the toolkit can support you in assessing OPM risk and preparing local management plans. The event will feature expert speakers from Defra, The Forestry Commission, Forest Research and The Tree Council, and will include a Q&A session to allow attendees to pose any key questions to leading experts.