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STAG stands for Sheffield Tree Action Groups. STAG operates as an umbrella group to represent all tree groups throughout Sheffield. Its purpose is to lead a city-wide campaign to encourage the local authority to adopt a responsible, sustainable approach to management of the city-wide tree population – the urban forest.
STAG also exists to persuade Sheffield City Council to have a moratorium on all tree planting and felling operations that do not include works to trees that represent, by reason of their condition, a likely, immediate and reasonably foreseeable danger of serious, harm or damage in the near future: “a risk of such immediacy and consequence that urgent action is required” (NTSG, 2011, p. 52). STAG would like such a moratorium to be in place until an adequate tree strategy has been commissioned, draughted in accordance with current arboricultural good practice advice, guidance and recommendations, and until it has been completed, adopted as Council policy, and is ready for implementation. STAG believe that it is necessary that the tree strategy include a sub-strategy specifically for highway trees.
Work to save Sheffield’s mature trees continues. Current actions are stepping up Non-Violent Direct Action, which has had success in saving some trees, and ramping up the media aspect we recently had a feature on BBC documentary “Who’s spending Britains Millions?” and our Chelsea Road Elm has been shortlisted for the The Woodland Trusts Tree Of The Year. The latest raft of survey letters to residents of streets where trees have been targeted for felling has been sent out, and local groups are working hard to raise awareness of the importance of participating in the survey process, and getting trees referred to the Independent Tree Panel. We remain committed to trying to make Sheffield City Council see that the felling of mature trees to make way for roadside works is unnecessary, when they could easily be saved by alternative engineering specifications. Many thanks for your continued support.
- Join your local Tree Group:
1. Main STAG Facebook Group here
2. Save Crookes, Weston Road & Walkley Tree here
3. Save Gleadless Valley Trees here
4. Save Ecclesall Road Trees here
5. Save Rivelin Valley Road, Hillsborough & Wadsley Trees here
6. Save Netheredge Trees here
7. Save Dore, Totley & Bradway Trees here
8. Save the Trees of Firth Park here
9. Save the Trees of Millhouses Please here
10. Save the Burngreave and Pitsmoor Trees here
11. Save Norfolk Park Trees here
12. Save the Trees in Greenhill here
- Raise Awarness – Use the info on this site (also leaflets) to encourage people in your area to take an interest and to also dispel a lot of the myths!
- Consider putting up bird (see here) and bat boxes (see here) to encourage wildlife – boxes in use are legally protected from being disturbed.
- Help put up and maintain yellow ribbons – to help Sheffield residents visualise exactly how many trees are under threat in the area.
- Keep an eye open for felling crews and their vehicles (Chipping Machine, Cherry Picker) – more info here.
1. SORT here
2. Save Netheredge Trees here
3. Save Eccleshall Trees here
4. Save the Norfolk Park 11 here NEW
5. Save the Millhouses trees here NEW
1. Sat 15th April 3pm – Roots of Steel Music Event here
- Check-out Trees at Risk Map:
See which trees are at risk of being chopped. This is manually updated, so please let us know if any are missing
Save Sheffield Trees – Merchandise!
Thank you to all of you who generously donated to our crowdfunding. The money has created our STAG T-Shirts, leaflets and other promo for the campaign and of course Legal support!
Social Media – Check-out the latest STAG actvity on Twitter (#SaveSheffTrees), Facebook, You-Tube and Instagram!