5,500 of Sheffield’s street trees have been chopped down in the last five years – another 12,000 will go over the next 20 years.
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.
Help save Sheffield’s ‘urban forest’ – say ‘no’ to felling healthy trees.
Press release: 19th May 2019
130,000 trees to be planted in UK towns and cities
“If the objective of planting more urban trees is to be meaningful, we need existing mature urban trees to be protected. It would be a travesty if Councils used funds to plant saplings whilst removing mature trees to reduce maintenance costs due to budget pressures. We need to see an obligation or duty on Councils to preserve mature urban trees so that any new planting produces a demonstrable increase in the urban canopy.”
It’s Our City, Sheffield, has launched a petition calling on the Council to abolish the so-called ‘strong leader’ model.
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.