STAG is a non-party political ‘umbrella-group’ of local tree action groups that have sprung up citywide. Healthy trees are being ‘replaced’ as part of the ‘Streets Ahead’ highways PFI contract, run by Amey Plc on behalf of Sheffield City Council. These ‘before and after’ photos show the impact on major roads, Council housing estates, and affluent and modest suburbs alike.
Forced publication of the contract has revealed a target to replace 17,500 (or half) of Sheffield’s street trees. Although renewing street trees is vital work, to cut down so many in such a short space of time is ecological vandalism. What we want is an expert-led approach to the management of the city’s street trees, for the long-term benefit of Sheffield’s people and our natural environment. See what the experts say in support of STAG’s position.
Trees with many decades to live are being destroyed, ignoring the advice of the Council’s own Independent Tree-Panel and maximising Amey’s profits. The value of trees already lost is approximately £60 million – unless we can stop the Sheffield Chainsaw Massacre the final figure will be many times higher.
Read about the campaign’s history, our blog, catch up with press coverage and discover the key facts to understand why this issue matters to everyone in Sheffield. There are many ways to get involved: sign the petitions, chat on STAG’s Facebook page and share campaign leaflets with family, friends and neighbours.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Alan Robshaw, who although not one for the limelight, was instrumental to the successful campaign to save Sheffield’s street trees. A tribute to him can be read here and this thread gives more background on his contribution.
The Street Tree Working Strategy has finally been published! It has been a long and often challenging process but this is a real achievement for all the parties involved.
Twenty months after protests on Abbeydale Park Rise resulted in a huge
police presence to fell trees as a “last resort”, a new report by Sheffield City
Council shows how easy it was to make repairs. Read the Sheffield City Council, Amey & Sheffield Tree Action Groups Steering Group – Joint Position Statement Action and more on the Council’s position on managing street trees.
This summary document addresses the negatives of the past, explores the progress made – including lessons from the ‘Joint Investigation Process’, and looks at the potential for future collaborative working. See also Summary of STAG/Amey Joint Street Tree Investigations. (6.9MB)
Read the summary of and minutes from the meetings between between SCC, STAG and the Wildlife Trust. The scope of the strategy is now agreed and the work to develop the strategy itself is underway.
Sheffield Trees at Risk Map lists threatened trees by location. Click on the icon in the top left hand corner of the map below to see the different information layers.