STAG is a non party-political umbrella-group representing local tree action groups created citywide to save healthy street trees. Roughly half (17,500) of Sheffield’s street trees are being needlessly felled under the top-secret ‘Streets Ahead’ highway renewal PFI contract, run by Amey on behalf of Sheffield City Council, as seen in these ‘before and after’ photos. What we want is a more considered and expert-led approach to the management and guardianship of the city’s street trees, for the long-term benefit of both residents and the environment. See what the experts say in support of STAG’s position.
The Council claim felling is a ‘last resort’. The contract includes several common, low-cost methods for repairing pavements without felling trees. However, an investigation by the Information Commissioner found that these are not being used, even though they have been paid for. Trees with many decades to live have been destroyed, ignoring the advice of SCC’s own Independent Tree-Panel and maximising Amey’s profits. 5,000+ trees have already gone, with another 12,000+ at immediate risk, a significant asset loss (based on the last estimate for 6000 trees having a combined value of £60 million).
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 Sheffield’s ‘urban forest’ – say ‘no’ to felling healthy trees.
Secret Plan to fell half of Sheffield’s street trees revealed
Thanks to Freedom of Information Act requests (and an intervention by the Information Commissioner when the council refused) we now know the plan is to fell 17,500 trees, which is roughly half of the street trees in what used to be the greenest city in Europe.
Watch the BBC report
10000+ have signed the petition to rescind the ‘Streets Ahead’ PFI contract with Amey Hallam Highways Ltd.
Jeremy Corbyn: please mediate the Sheffield trees crisis Please add your voice to the 11,000+ who have already signed.
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.