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Latest #saveshefftrees Update – w/e 15th February 2019

Hello everyone, Latest #saveshefftrees update, please enjoy, share……….. Chelsea Elm saved!!!! So it only took 38 months… Finally, today the Chelsea Road elm tree, the 120 year old Huntingdon Elm tree, resistant to Dutch Elm Disease, has been saved. Many

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Latest #saveshefftrees Update – w/e 11th January 2019

Hello everyone, Happy New Year and here’s to a year without mindless destruction of perfectly healthy trees, talking of which……… Upcoming joint inspections with Amey As you will (or maybe will not!) know, there will be a process of joint

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Latest #saveshefftrees Update – w/e 30th November 2018

Hello, A very busy week with quite a bit to update you on. Talks Update As flagged in last weeks weekly email, the STAG negotiating team held a fourth day of mediated talks with Sheffield Council on Monday. More progress

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Out of Common Ground, Enemies and Trees: on Sheffield Street Tree Festival

September, autumn is setting in, and I’m driving from Devon to Nether Edge in Sheffield to learn about one of the most outstanding environmental stories of our time. The Sheffield Street Tree Festival is a perfect reason and excuse to

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Sheffield Council ‘has no obligation to axe 17,500 trees despite contract payment’ – Yorkshire Post

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/sheffield-council-has-no-obligation-to-axe-17-500-trees-despite-contract-payment-1-9318854

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When is a target not a target?

Over the course of the last three years Sheffield has succumbed to the forces of post-truth politics. When the STAG campaign originally got off the ground most people, including myself, were under the impression that the Council planned to fell and

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ECOS 39 (3): ‘The city that hates trees’ – Standing up to the Sheffield Street-Tree Slaughter – British Association of Nature Conservationists

Mass felling of healthy street-trees in Sheffield has led to public uproar and a realisation that privatising tree maintenance removes the community’s influence. With cities like Sheffield suffering from under-funding for many decades (1), it is unsurprising that many local

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Detailed plans to remove 17,500 trees in Sheffield drawn up six years ago, ‘lost’ document reveals

Detailed proposals to replace exactly 17,500 of Sheffield’s 36,000 street trees were drawn up six years ago, a newly-published document the city’s council had previously said was lost has revealed. Sheffield Council said it had “stumbled upon” a series of

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What does the new Injunction mean?

by Paul Brooke, STAG co-chair. From the outset the legal advice to us was that the Council would be able to make an area around a tree to be felled subject to the Injunction and that the Persons Unknown definition

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A welcome dose of transparency from Sheffield City Council

Analysis by Paul Selby Since I became active in the tree campaign over 31 months ago, I have fought for transparency around the PFI contract, for all that can be legally released unredacted to be released. I work in the

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Sheffield tree protectors have changed the nation’s view of street trees

Sheffield Town Hall has provided the impetus for a new, inspiring activist campaign. It echoes past successes including the Kinder Trespass movement and even the Suffrage Society. But with the groundswell to stop the cutting down of city trees, the

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Papers, please: Sheffield council to demand residents carry ID

After arresting middle-aged women for blowing plastic instruments and a vicar for assault with tambourine, Sheffield’s draconian policies are reaching a new low: next time private contractor Amey comes to fell a healthy tree, residents wishing to access their own

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Judge dismisses council’s application to send Sheffield tree protester to jail – Yorkshire Post

Sheffield Council’s application to send an anti tree-felling protester to jail for contempt of court has been dismissed by a judge – with his ruling highlighting the chaotic scenes which unfolded between security guards and campaigners on a normally quiet

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Sheffield Council pays £700,000 compensation bill for tree-felling delays – Yorkshire Post

Sheffield Council has paid £700,000 in compensation to its highways maintenance contractor Amey for work delays caused by its decision to set up an independent panel to advise on its controversial tree-felling strategy – whose expert recommendations to save trees

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#saveshefftrees #TreeTruths – Jeremy Barrell

Sheffield #TreeTruths 14: Amey tree expert says “canopies can trap pollution at pavement level”. Scaremongering, I’m afraid. If that really is relevant, then why has Singapore been cramming its streets & highways full of trees for the last 40 years?

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How court case raised political stakes in Sheffield tree-felling saga – Yorkshire Post

Sheffield Council has won a critical legal battle against anti-tree felling protesters – but the political stakes in the saga have been raised once again. Chris Burn reports. As Mr Justice Males convicted a retired primary school teacher, a university

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First report from the Crown Court – 5th June 2018

It was a day of two gasps, bracketed by a pair of curve balls. The trial of Paul Brooke, Benoit Compin, Simon Crump and Fran Grace began with a lengthy preamble about procedural technicalities. Also discussed was the question of

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Sunday Times investigation: 110,000 trees lost to council axemen | News | The Sunday Times

More than 110,000 trees have been chopped down in three years by councils across the UK — equivalent to a sixth of the size of Sherwood Forest. A Sunday Times investigation, using freedom of information (FoI) requests, has revealed that

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Sheffield Council blames ‘intimidating and violent’ protesters for latest secrecy over trees

Sheffield Council has refused to reveal another key part of its official policy for the controversial felling of thousands of street trees – on the grounds that secrecy is necessary to protect staff and the public from attacks by protesters

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6 AM fellings and attempts to jail protestors: this is not a fresh approach

The recent Sheffield City Council elections were a powerful repudiation of council’s tree-felling policies and use of police in the service of multinational corporation Amey: Green Councillor Alison Teal, who the council has repeatedly and erroneously attempted to jail, increased

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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.

Heartwood TiCL trail

Walk the Heartwood Trail and find Robert Macfarlane’s beautiful charms against harm hung from some of Sheffield’s threatened Street Trees. Designed by Jackie Morris.

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