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.
The Felling – An Epic Tale of People Power
The Felling is a David and Goliath story about how a small group of residents in one of Europe’s greenest cities battled to stop a powerful city council and a giant multinational from chopping down thousands of healthy street trees as part of a massive £2.2m billion PFI contract to maintain the city’s highways. Read more here
Sheffield’s Street Trees – New Partnership Working Strategy
The New Partnership Working Strategy has been drawn up as a result of partnership, discussion and dialogue between representatives from STAG, Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust, The Woodland Trust, Amey and Sheffield City Council as well as tree valuation experts and tree officers. The Strategy Consultation Survey closed for public contributions on 8th October 2020. Further information is expected soon.
In other news:
Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman says Sheffield City Council “…should apologise for tree controversy“.