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Forestry Commission Report July 2019

In 2018, the Forestry Commission launched an investigation into the legality of Sheffield City Council’s actions regarding the felling of street trees. Their decision has now been published: “Alleged illegal tree felling investigation report – Sheffield’s Streets Ahead programme”. Read

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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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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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Injunction renewal hearing – 12th July 2018

SHEFFIELD HIGH COURT, 12 July 2018 report by Sheldon Hall New readers start here: On 21 June, thirteen tree campaigners were sent letters by Sheffield City Council, asking them to sign an undertaking based on a reworked version of 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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Injunction renewal hearing – 11th July 2018

SHEFFIELD HIGH COURT, 11 July 2018. report by Sheldon Hall. Undramatic scenes punctuated the inaction at today’s tedious non-hearing at Sheffield High Court. Boredom ran high as anti-climax followed breathlessly on anti-climax and non-event piled on non-event before culminating in

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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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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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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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#saveshefftrees Round Up – March 22nd 2018 – RIP Duchess

Rivelin Valley Road proved to be a decoy “felling” this morning. There were 5 stony faced Security Staff standing around for a while backed up to a wall and two, somewhat smug looking, Acorn employees sitting in their van parked

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Lord Scriven demands answers from South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable over city’s tree-felling works

Former Sheffield Council leader Paul Scriven has written back to the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police and warned him he was willing to refer him to the police complaints watchdog over the force’s handling of the controversial tree felling

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Jared O’Mara becomes third Sheffield MP in 24 hours to demand halt to tree-felling work

Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O’Mara has become the third city-based MP within 24 hours to call for a halt to controversial tree-felling work by Sheffield Council. In a strongly-worded statement sent to The Yorkshire Post this afternoon, Mr O’Mara, who

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Secret plan to fell half of Sheffield’s street trees revealed

For years, Sheffield City Council has refused to reveal most of its 25-year contract with multinational company Amey. Now, thanks to Freedom of Information Act requests (and an intervention by the Information Commissioner when the Council refused), we know why.

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Chainsaw gang felling one 25ft cherry tree protected by 48 guards

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5483793/amp/Sheffield-trees-Chainsaw-gang-protected-police-protests.html?__twitter_impression=true

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Knife crime and burglaries rise in Sheffield; in non-response, police plan to triple numbers at…

A visitor to Dore or Nether Edge over the last two weeks would be shocked at what’s become of these peaceful residential areas. Entire streets blocked off, an imported army of private security forces in high-viz, 30-some police officers, riot

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#saveshefftrees update Thu 8th March – 2 trees felled

Daily News Round-up – March 8th 2018 It’s been a long day for a lot of people Starting messages: 5:10 am “Look out of the window. Snowing a lot in S2” 7:18 am “Good morning you lovely lot. Welfare van

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The Yorkshire Post says: Answer these questions, Chief Constable, over police response to Sheffield tree protests – Yorkshire Post

IT is this question, posed by law-abiding Sheffield residents, that goes to the core of misgivings about the number of police being deployed to enable council contractor Amey to continue the demolition of trees in the city: how, they want

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#saveshefftrees update Tuesday 6th March – no Grinch, lots of action, but no felling

Daily News Round-up – Tuesday March 6th This morning Yorkshire Water was fixing a leak on Abbeydale Park Rise and Amey’s attentions returned to Thornsett Road, Netheredge.It was almost déjà vu but at a different tree, with more singing, lots

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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.