A new strategy for managing Sheffield street trees has been set out in a groundbreaking partnership report. The Street Tree Working Strategy has been developed by a group of partners including Sheffield Tree Action Groups (STAG), Sheffield City Council, Amey, independent experts from Natural Capital Solutions and Leeds City Council as well as the Woodland Trust. The new approach, to be recommended for adoption by Sheffield Council, has a focus on sustainable management of the urban tree population for its environmental, health and wellbeing benefits. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Liz Ballard, chief executive of Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust and chair of the strategy group.
Sheffield tree campaigners have asked the Council to apologise after a new report revealed that many felled trees could have been saved by simple repairs. The joint report by Sheffield Council, Amey and Sheffield Trees Action Group contradicts the local authority’s claim that there were no easy engineering solutions to save hundreds of healthy trees. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Tree campaigners in Sheffield have called for a public enquiry after a recent report revealed hundreds of trees could be saved by pavement works and other solutions. A survey of 309 trees scheduled for removal concluded that 191 can be retained “on a long-term basis” but campaigners have accused the local authority of misleading the public. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Nearly 200 trees due to be felled in Sheffield have been saved after a U-turn by the council. A survey of 309 trees scheduled for removal has found that 191 can be retained “on a long-term basis”. Two years ago campaigners were arrested after standing beneath threatened trees in a bid to stop the felling and replacement programme. Green Party councillor Alison Teal, one of those arrested, told Sheffield Live! she’s delighted with the recommendations of the report but disappointed it has taken so long. Baillor Jalloh reports.
Seven Sheffield campaigners have been awarded more than £3,000 each in damages by South Yorkshire Police after an independent watchdog ruled they were wrongfully arrested during a tree-felling protest. The Independent Office for Police Conduct found South Yorkshire Police had no grounds to make the arrest. The seven were arrested and charged between November 2016 and February 2017. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Fewer trees are to be felled by Sheffield Council and private contractor Amey following talks with Sheffield Tree Action Group to end the long running dispute. Sheffield Council have put forward new plans to reduce the number of trees to be removed from Sheffield streets following a mediated dialogue chaired by the Bishop of Sheffield. Sheffield Live spoke to Councillor Lewis Bagnall, cabinet member for environment and streetscene and Paul Brooke, co-chair of Sheffield Trees Action Group.
The first of one hundred war memorial trees have been planted in Longley Park to commemorate those who lost their lives in the First World War. Further trees are to be planted in Firth Park, Greenhill and Herdings Park, and close to the Cholera Monument. Each of the plantings will be marked by a granite stone memorial with the inscription “lest we forget”. Sheffield Live ! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure, and to Chris Camps of Sheffield Sea Cadets.
Sheffield City Council have reversed plans to fell some of 300 trees originally earmarked for replacement and to phase in the work on others. The decision has come after several mediation meetings between council officials and tree campaigners. The Sheffield Trees Action Group, STAG, said they welcome the council decision but will continue to campaign to save healthy trees. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield council have sent letters to fourteen people, including Nether Edge and Sharrow councillor Alison Teal, threatening a further injunction to prevent tree felling protests. The campaigners have been asked to give a written undertaking not to engage in tree protests in order to avoid the Council taking legal action. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore and chief executive John Mothersole have been in fresh talks with Sheffield Trees Action Group to address complaints about tree felling. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!