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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sheffield trees: Jarvis Cocker brands felling ‘crazy’ – BBC News

Musician Jarvis Cocker has described the felling of thousands of trees in his home city of Sheffield as “crazy”. The former Pulp frontman is joining singer-songwriter Richard Hawley to DJ at an event raising funds for the Sheffield Tree Action

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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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Posted in Blog, Healthy Felling, News, Uncategorized

Toxic Tea and Other Tales From an English Tree War – The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/13/world/europe/uk-sheffield-trees.html

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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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Sheffield MPs urge council to pause tree felling | UK news | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/15/sheffield-mps-urge-council-to-pause-tree-felling

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Sheffield Council forced to reveal target to remove 17,500 street trees under PFI deal – Yorkshire Post

Sheffield Council has been forced to reveal a hugely-controversial PFI highways maintenance contract contains a target to cut down almost half of the city’s 36,000 street trees and replace them with saplings. The battle to save Sheffield’s trees: Six years

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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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#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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STAG meeting with Police & Crime Commissioner

STAG Meeting with Police and Crime Commissioner, 30/01/18 At PCC Office, Carbrook, 3:30-4:30 pm Present: Dr Alan Billings, Police and Crime Commissioner His assistant taking notes Chris Rust, on behalf of STAG Steering Group Paul Brooke, Meersbrook Park Rd resident

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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.