STAG Steering Group meeting: 4th February 2020

1. Joint Investigations

1.1 Restarted this week. A new team is working on Kenwood Road and seem to be doing a good job. Pace is slow, roughly two trees a day, only non-threatened trees so far.

1.2 Likely to take a very long time to go through all the remaining threatened trees.

1.3 The Council process to formally sign off the trees already investigated and “probably saved” is glacial. This will be raised at the next joint meeting.

2. Legal Update

2.1 Paul Brooke and Paul Selby updated STAG Steering Group on proactive legal work with Ben Manovic.

3. Annual Tree Management Plan

3.1 Amey shared this with STAG last week. It includes all pruning plans, planting plans, and lists 193 trees they intend to fell in 2020 which are dead, dying, diseased etc.

3.2 Various Steering Group members have already visited around 120 of them, to give an opinion. The other roughly 70 need to be visited urgently, so that comprehensive feedback can be given. Steering Group members should try to check some of the remaining trees and feedback to Helen K. Keep an eye out for lapsed pollards designated as “structural integrity.

3.3 Most of the trees visited so far really do need to be felled. However, there are a few which we are questioning.

4. Tree Disease Symposium

4.1 Caroline and Heather have made good progress working with Ian Rotherham to make proper plans for a Tree Disease Symposium, ideally in early June.

4.2 It will be focused on new tree diseases, and specifically how to deal with them in an urban environment, with a particular focus on phytophthora of Limes, and Ash Dieback.

4.3 There will be a requirement to video record the conference for the record.

4.4 Thoughts were shared on possible attendees including Jeremy Barrell, Joe Coles, Kate Spicer.

4.5 Costs – Hallam to provide free space. Other possible contributors are STAG, Amey, SCC.

5. Public Meeting and Celebration Party

5.1 STAG will hold a Public Meeting and Party on the evening of Saturday 22nd February at Theatre Deli.

5.2 The Public Meeting element will be focused on the future of STAG, consulting on the aim to turn STAG into a membership group, for the whole city, for the first time. Also on having a proper constitution, the potential for an elected committee, and its future aims.

5.3 The celebration will include turns from Calvin and Simon, Benoit, Break a Leg, and a DJ.

5.4 To be free but ticketed via Eventbrite and looking for voluntary donations towards Jaq’s film.

6. Hanover Way Cycle Crossing

6.1 Paul Brooke has responded to the details behind the proposal to fell three trees to allow for an upgraded cycle crossing of Hanover Way. In our opinion, at least two of the three trees don’t need to be felled.

6.2 STAG have also been asked about a suggestion to remove a tree in a planter near the Crucible. Trees in planters generally don’t do well and it is proposed for 2 replacements to be planted in the City Centre so it doesn’t seem appropriate to object on this occasion.

7. Inquiry

7.1 Paul B has contacted Alan Story but no further progress to report.

8. Abbeydale Park Rise

8.1 Amey is hosting a Public Meeting with APR residents, with support from Ann Anderson, consulting them on the plans to plant additional trees, and to remove five trees that are diseased/dead/damaged – all were agreed by us

8.2 Ann is relieved with the complete change of attitude from Amey. They have offered 8 additional trees to be planted to replace any removed. There are some issues to be resolved over the species of trees proposed.

8.3 Works due to commence 24 February for 3 days. To be followed by pavement and road resurfacing.

9. Street Tree Strategy

9.1 Paul S very briefly updated STAG. 

9.2 Draft posted on FB page. Any feedback to Paul S.

10. Blanket TPO for all Sheffield Trees

10.1 Draft on FB page. The letter proposing this will soon be sent to Sheffield Council.

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