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Dear Islington Borough Council,

Please provide the total number and type of trees in the
borough for which the council are responsible. Please
distinguish between (for eg) street trees, park trees, trees
on council properties. If available, please provide the numbers
of epicormic and non-epicormic trees.

For each year since 2010 how many trees have the
council felled / removed?

For each year since 2010 how many trees have been
planted? Please provide the survival rate for these newly
planted trees.

Does the council replace a tree on a like for like basis?
If not what is the policy?

Please provide information on street tree leaf canopy.
Please provide a calculation of how this has changed
since 2010, ideally though not necessarily on an annual
basis.

Please provide a statement explaining whether and how the
tree management programme is integrated with plans and
commitments to improve air quality.

Please provide a statement of the methods used to calculate
the individual carbon sequestration rates and carbon storage
amounts in trees in public areas. If available, please provide
the data arising from these calculations.

Please provide details of your maintenance programme for
newly planted trees.

Please explain the process by which trees are individually
inspected, and the way in which maintenance is planned.
Specifically, please explain whether the maintenance regime is
specific to each individual tree.

Please outline the circumstances in which the maintenance
regime would (a) pollard or (b) crown reduce non-epicormic trees.

Please provide a statement explaining how the Council follows
the London Tree Officer's Association recommendations on the
management of trees with regard to Mitigation against claims
of subsidence caused by tree roots.

In a claim against the Council for damage caused by
tree roots does the Council use the Joint Mitigation
Protocol? Please provide information on how often the
protocol has been used, for each year since 2010.

Does the Council have insurance cover for subsidence
claims made against it? If so, with which company?

For each year since 2010 please provide details of the
number of claims against the council a) for subsidence,
and b) for subsidence shown to have been caused by tree
roots?

For each of the years since 2010 please provide
details of the value of claims paid out each year for
subsidence caused by tree roots.

Please provide the criteria by which the Council
benchmarks 'best practice' for tree maintenance and
management. Please explain how the council ensures
that it and its contractors achieve this.

Are utility companies required to move or relocate their
utility to facilitate the replanting of a tree in an existing tree
pit? How is this paid for?

Please provide a detailed breakdown of the annual budget for
the management and maintenance of trees, for each year since
2010, detailing in particular the budget for maintenance,
replanting, and for settling insurance claims related to tree roots.

Yours faithfully,
Harvey Flinder

FOIA, Islington Borough Council

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From: H P Flinder [mailto:[FOI #497820 email]]
Sent: 17 July 2018 10:56
To: FOIA <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Street trees - policy, practice
and management

 

Dear Islington Borough Council,

Please provide the total number and type of trees in the
borough for which the council are responsible. Please
distinguish between (for eg) street trees, park trees, trees
on council properties. If available, please provide the numbers
of epicormic and non-epicormic trees.

For each year since 2010 how many trees have the
council felled / removed?

For each year since 2010 how many trees have been
planted? Please provide the survival rate for these newly
planted trees.

Does the council replace a tree on a like for like basis?
If not what is the policy?

Please provide information on street tree leaf canopy.
Please provide a calculation of how this has changed
since 2010, ideally though not necessarily on an annual
basis.

Please provide a statement explaining whether and how the
tree management programme is integrated with plans and
commitments to improve air quality.

Please provide a statement of the methods used to calculate
the individual carbon sequestration rates and carbon storage
amounts in trees in public areas. If available, please provide
the data arising from these calculations.

Please provide details of your maintenance programme for
newly planted trees.

Please explain the process by which trees are individually
inspected, and the way in which maintenance is planned.
Specifically, please explain whether the maintenance regime is
specific to each individual tree.

Please outline the circumstances in which the maintenance
regime would (a) pollard or (b) crown reduce non-epicormic trees.

Please provide a statement explaining how the Council follows
the London Tree Officer's Association recommendations on the
management of trees with regard to Mitigation against claims
of subsidence caused by tree roots.

In a claim against the Council for damage caused by
tree roots does the Council use the Joint Mitigation
Protocol? Please provide information on how often the
protocol has been used, for each year since 2010.

Does the Council have insurance cover for subsidence
claims made against it? If so, with which company?

For each year since 2010 please provide details of the
number of claims against the council a) for subsidence,
and b) for subsidence shown to have been caused by tree
roots?

For each of the years since 2010 please provide
details of the value of claims paid out each year for
subsidence caused by tree roots.

Please provide the criteria by which the Council
benchmarks 'best practice' for tree maintenance and
management. Please explain how the council ensures
that it and its contractors achieve this.

Are utility companies required to move or relocate their
utility to facilitate the replanting of a tree in an existing tree
pit? How is this paid for?

Please provide a detailed breakdown of the annual budget for
the management and maintenance of trees, for each year since
2010, detailing in particular the budget for maintenance,
replanting, and for settling insurance claims related to tree roots.

Yours faithfully,
Harvey Flinder

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Public Realm, Islington Borough Council

Dear Harvey Flinder

 

Thank you for your recent FOI request. We are working on this request at
present, so that we can provide the most accurate information I have been
asked to contact you to ask if you could provide clarification or
definition on the term ‘epicormic and non-epicormic trees’

 

Also, I have been asked whether this request is for a research project and
if so, would it be possible for us to see the results?

 

This FOI will be on hold until we receive clarification on the above.

 

I look forward to your reply.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lee Miller

Technical Officer

Public Realm

Islington Council

Alternative Contacts for Learning and Developments:
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For Business Admin: [2][email address]
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Dear Public Realm,
In response to your request for clarification, epicormic trees are those species of tree that have latent buds or corms underneath the bark near the knuckles or growing points on a tree. These are triggered into growth when leaf stems or secondary branches are removed. Examples are London Plane, Lime, Willow.

Non-epicormic species do not have this regenerative ability and will eventually decline and become prone to disease if, for example, pollarded on a regular basis.

The FOI submitted isn’t part of a formal research project, but is an attempt to understand the different practices of a number of London boroughs.

Yours sincerely,

H P Flinder

Public Realm, Islington Borough Council

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Dear Harvey Flinder

 

Please find attached our response to your recent freedom of information
request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lee Miller

Technical Officer

Public Realm

Islington Council

Alternative Contacts for Learning and Developments:
[1][email address]

For Business Admin: [2][email address]
[3][email address]

 

Postal Address:

Islington Public Realm

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[4]www.islington.gov.uk

 

 

From: H P Flinder [mailto:[FOI #497820 email]]
Sent: 17 July 2018 10:56
To: FOIA <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Street trees - policy, practice
and management

 

Dear Islington Borough Council,

Please provide the total number and type of trees in the
borough for which the council are responsible. Please
distinguish between (for eg) street trees, park trees, trees
on council properties. If available, please provide the numbers
of epicormic and non-epicormic trees.

For each year since 2010 how many trees have the
council felled / removed?

For each year since 2010 how many trees have been
planted? Please provide the survival rate for these newly
planted trees.

Does the council replace a tree on a like for like basis?
If not what is the policy?

Please provide information on street tree leaf canopy.
Please provide a calculation of how this has changed
since 2010, ideally though not necessarily on an annual
basis.

Please provide a statement explaining whether and how the
tree management programme is integrated with plans and
commitments to improve air quality.

Please provide a statement of the methods used to calculate
the individual carbon sequestration rates and carbon storage
amounts in trees in public areas. If available, please provide
the data arising from these calculations.

Please provide details of your maintenance programme for
newly planted trees.

Please explain the process by which trees are individually
inspected, and the way in which maintenance is planned.
Specifically, please explain whether the maintenance regime is
specific to each individual tree.

Please outline the circumstances in which the maintenance
regime would (a) pollard or (b) crown reduce non-epicormic trees.

Please provide a statement explaining how the Council follows
the London Tree Officer's Association recommendations on the
management of trees with regard to Mitigation against claims
of subsidence caused by tree roots.

In a claim against the Council for damage caused by
tree roots does the Council use the Joint Mitigation
Protocol? Please provide information on how often the
protocol has been used, for each year since 2010.

Does the Council have insurance cover for subsidence
claims made against it? If so, with which company?

For each year since 2010 please provide details of the
number of claims against the council a) for subsidence,
and b) for subsidence shown to have been caused by tree
roots?

For each of the years since 2010 please provide
details of the value of claims paid out each year for
subsidence caused by tree roots.

Please provide the criteria by which the Council
benchmarks 'best practice' for tree maintenance and
management. Please explain how the council ensures
that it and its contractors achieve this.

Are utility companies required to move or relocate their
utility to facilitate the replanting of a tree in an existing tree
pit? How is this paid for?

Please provide a detailed breakdown of the annual budget for
the management and maintenance of trees, for each year since
2010, detailing in particular the budget for maintenance,
replanting, and for settling insurance claims related to tree roots.

Yours faithfully,
Harvey Flinder

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Dear Public Realm,
Thank you for your partial response which is gratefully received.
Could you clarify when you expect to receive the information you have requested from your loss adjusters.

Yours sincerely,

H P Flinder

Public Realm, Islington Borough Council

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Dear H P Flinder,

Thank you for
email.                                                              

 

I don’t know when we will receive the information we have requested from
our loss adjuster. I’m relatively new to the managerial post here at
Islington but I understand that they have not been forthcoming with data
historically.

 

I have sent a follow  up email to my original request and have yet to
receive a response. I will update you when I receive any news regarding
the request.

 

 

Best regards

 

Jon Ryan

 

Arboricultural Manager

Public Realm

Greenspace and Business Service

Islington Council

PO Box 2025

Pershore

WR10 9BU

 

Tel: 020 7527 2150

Fax: 020 7527 4557

 

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Dear Ryan, Jon,
Many thanks for your reply. I appreciate you are somewhat caught in the middle. I do hope your loss adjusters understand you are trying to answer a Freedom of Information Request and that the Council have a legal obligation to comply with such a request. You are, after all, only asking for information relating to the Council's business. I am only looking for facts and am in no way seeking to draw conclusions on their or anyone's performance.

Yours sincerely,

H P Flinder

Dear Ryan, Jon,

Thank you for your reply but I will, for the moment, keep this request open. I sent the same request to three other London boroughs and all have replied in full. I appreciate that LBI are the only council we contacted that self-insures and that the handling of claims is outsourced. However, I would have thought that someone in the council would have a record of claims received and the relevant dates even if they are passed on.
Alternatively, you might speak to your manager and suggest putting more pressure on your loss adjuster - you are, after all, entitled to the information.

Yours sincerely,

H P Flinder

Dear Ryan, Jon,
I am still waiting for the details you were trying to get from your Loss Adjusters. The fact that they are unhelpful doesn't alter the fact that this is part of a Freedom of Information Request and they have a duty to comply

Yours sincerely,

H P Flinder

Ryan, Jon, Islington Borough Council

Dear H P Flinder,
We now have detail supplied by our loss adjuster. I haven't had time to go
through it yet but I'm back in the office tomorrow and will look to
provide the information you require by early next week at the latest.

Best regards

Jon Ryan

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