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Sheffield Council’s secret policy for tree-felling revealed

Sheffield Council’s secret contract for the controversial felling of thousands of street trees focuses on minimising maintenance costs while containing no mention of removals only happening as a “last resort” as the authority has repeatedly claimed in the past, The

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Felling healthy trees is no ‘trivial matter’ – The Star

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/your-say/felling-healthy-trees-is-no-trivial-matter-1-9159554

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Street fighters – Protests, petitions, planting and paints. It takes all sorts to stand up for street trees -Woodland Trust

Street fighters Protests, petitions, planting and paints. It takes all sorts to stand up for street trees. The UK’s towns and cities have a long tradition of street trees. They’re part of our urban identity. We’re rightly proud of London’s

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New Sheffield trees political boss promises ‘compromise’ with campaigners – Yorkshire Post

The new politician in charge of Sheffield’s contentious tree-felling programme has says he hopes to find a “compromise” with campaigners on the issue. Labour councillor Lewis Dagnall told BBC Radio Sheffield he would be taking a “fresh approach” to the

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The Yorkshire Post says: Is Sheffield Council finally seeing the light over trees fiasco? – Yorkshire Post

It may have taken a bruising night of election results for the message to sink in where years of street protests and a more recent national outcry couldn’t, but there finally appear to be signs that Sheffield Council’s leadership has

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‘Fresh start’ hope after Sheffield tree-felling council boss quits post – Yorkshire Post

Campaigners have called for a change in approach to Sheffield’s hugely controversial tree-felling programme after the politician in charge of the project resigned days after local election results saw the city’s ruling Labour party lose seats in areas most affected

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Local Elections 2018: Could Sheffield tree felling chop Labour’s majority?

https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/local-elections-2018-sheffield-tree-felling-labour/

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Sheffield City Council stands accused of carrying out ‘illegal’ surveillance on residents | The Canary

Labour-led Sheffield City Council stands accused of carrying out covert surveillance operations against residents and campaigners, during the ongoing dispute over the chopping down of trees in the city. Information passed to The Canary details allegations against the council. These

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How should I vote in Sheffield if I care about the Trees PFI — or democracy? | Professor Jennifer Saul

Many, many voters in Sheffield are angry about the vast, unaccountable PFI contract between Sheffield City Council and Amey. Their reasons vary. It may be the shocking contractual requirement to fell half the city’s street trees (17,500 trees), even if

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Paul McNamee: Pay attention because the roots spread to us all | The Big Issue

https://www.bigissue.com/opinion/paul-mcnamee-pay-attention-because-the-roots-spread-to-us-all/

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The Yorkshire Post says: Rooting out the truth on Sheffield trees – Yorkshire Post

SHEFFIELD Council has already suffered considerable reputational damage through the mishandling of its now notorious tree-felling programme, a major failure of public policy which resulted in dozens of police officers and private security guards being deployed to normally quiet residential

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Sheffield Council keeps tree-felling policy secret – claiming move is for the ‘greater good’ – Yorkshire Post

Sheffield Council has ruled it is in the “greater good” to keep its official policy for the controversial felling of thousands of the city’s street trees secret The council has rejected a Freedom of Information request by The Yorkshire Post

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Of street trees and solastalgia | Joanna Dobson

I heard a story this week of an old man and a cherry tree. The man was near the end of his life and could no longer go outside. He had visitors and he could watch television, but what anchored

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Latest #saveshefftrees update w/e 13th April 2018 – Lucky 13 – No Felling

No felling: So another week without felling has gone by, which has again been lovely. Conflicting rumours abound about whether the felling crews will be back next week or not. There are some hints that they might, and other rumours

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Sheffield’s tree massacre: How locals battled to protect Europe’s greenest city | The Independent

Mass arrests, poisoned-tea plots and the unravelling of a secret £2.2bn PFI contract. Colin Drury delves into the inside story of the battle to save 20,000 trees being felled in a single city Jenny Hockey still shivers when she remembers the

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‘I salute you,’ Jarvis Cocker tells Sheffield tree protesters as they march on city hall

‘I salute you’ – that was the message from Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker as he returned to Sheffield to join hundreds of tree protesters in a march to the City Hall. A downpour of rain did not stop hundreds of

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Clive Anderson: Sheffield needlessly takes an axe to its own reputation

AS an enthusiastic tree-hugger – I have been President of the Woodland Trust for more than 12 years – I have found the unhappy saga of Sheffield taking an axe to so many of its roadside trees hard to countenance

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Jarvis Cocker to speak at major Sheffield tree protest rally this weekend

Seventeen years ago, a song called ‘The Trees’ was among the final singles released by Jarvis Cocker’s much-loved band Pulp. Now one of Sheffield’s most-famous sons is playing an increasingly-prominent role in the growing campaign to save thousands of the

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Sheffield just came out in force to stop 99 years of history being hacked away | The Canary

Around 200 residents and campaigners came outin force on Wednesday 4 April to show their opposition to the possible felling of trees planted in memory of the First World War. A momentary pause? Sheffield City Council and its contractor Amey

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No tears to flow – TheTLS

One morning late last summer, I awoke to the sound of a chainsaw angrily working its way through one of the large mature trees that overhang my back garden. I went out in my pyjamas to remonstrate with the chainsaw

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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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