Sheffield Tree Action Groups

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.

“12 reasons to love street trees

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.


Latest developments

“Mary SarjeantR.I.P. Mary Marshall (Sarjeant) 1950 – 2018.
Mary was an active and valued member of the street tree campaign and it is with great sadness that we announce her death from cancer last month. Read Mary’s obituary notice.

STAG have received an invitation to talks from Sheffield City Council – read STAG’s responseRead Paul Selby’s thoughts on how this process might unfold.

Read campaigner Marcus Combie’s analysis of the publicly released documents from South Yorkshire Police’s ‘Operation Quito’. (2.1MB)

Read the message of support for the campaign from the International Tree Foundation.

Read Professor Ian Rotherham’s excellent article: ‘The city that hates trees’ standing up to the Sheffield street-tree slaughter in ECOS 39(3) .

Read “Sheffield’s shame; Arboriculture’s gain” by Jeremy Barrell (FICFor) in the ICF Chartered Forester Magazine.

Watch Shredded by wellredfilms.


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.

Crowdfunder: street trees legal fund

We are currently collecting to support the small number of campaigners who are facing court costs after cases brought by Sheffield City Council.

Sheffield Street Tree Festival

We are proud to announce  the first Sheffield Street Tree Festival with events taking place throughout the day on Saturday 29th September.

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