STAG is a non party-political umbrella-group representing local tree action groups created citywide to save healthy street trees. Sheffield’s 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 and another 1,000 are at immediate risk, with a combined value of £60 million.
Read about the campaign’s history, 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.
Message of support from renowned director Ken Loach:
“It seems unbelievable that Sheffield Council can vandalise trees that so enhance our cities. Trees cheer us up, they mark the seasons and soften the landscape. Only a fool would want to destroy them. I hope people turn against the small-minded councillors who have allowed this to happen and vote them out. Good luck and solidarity.”
Petition signed by 10,000+ Jeremy Corbyn: please mediate the Sheffield trees crisis
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.