Latest article from Wild about Sheffield 11……
The scandal over Sheffeld’s trees grows – with 16,000 indicated for the chop!!!!!!!
Rumour now has it that over 16,000 of Sheffield’s 36,000 roadside trees are for the chop – up from the recommended 500 in the 2007 consultancy report to the Council.
To describe this as monstrous, disastrous and shameful is to make a massive UNDERSTATEMENT.
All we have heard so far from AMEY and SCC appears to be lies and damned lies ……… and they seem to just keep trotting out the same old misinformation.
More in due course.
**Latest UPDATE – the actual figure that the City Council now own up to and have been forced to reveal – is 17,500 mature trees to be removed.
Which WE the public are paying for and the re-planting of the same number of small saplings – and which of course do not provide any of the same ecosystem services or other benefits in the same amount – but which we are again paying for ……… and AMEY are laughing all the way to the bank at our expense!!!!
The Battle for Sheffield’s Trees – The Guardian 26th Feb 2018
Read the in-depth, hard-hitting article by Ellie Violet Bramley………..
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York’s Military Legacy – illustrated lecture in historic York to launch new book…….
Richard II, the Earl of Arundel, and the Earl of Rutland all came to grief at the Battle of Wakefield, and their decapitated heads placed on spikes over Micklegate Bar – the Late King Richard sporting a paper crown with the words ‘Let York overlook the town of York‘……these were times of raw brutality.
Join me on SUNDAY 28TH January TO LAUNCH MY NEW BOOK!
HS2 Appalling threat to London Trees in Euston Square Gardens
The Guardian newspaper has recently highlighted the shocking threat to some glorious trees near Euston Station – with around 200 mature trees due to be cleared to make way for TEMPORARY site works and a displaced taxi rank.
The Guardian 12 January 2018
The Guardian 13 January 2018 – and well-done Rev Anne Stevens!!!
I know these trees well, and wrote about them last year – when I visited the city during a blazing hot summer period. Walking under the shade was pleasant and cooling – but step out from under the cover and it was baking, desiccating, and seriously unpleasant – this is just one of the natural (free) ecosystem services these 100-year old giants provide. Consequently, lots of people were meeting, chatting, and resting there – along with those in a rush just passing through.
These two articles highlight the potential devastation and the large dollops of hypocrisy from HS2:
They stated that ‘Supporting the natural environment is just as important to us as building stations, regenerating city centres, and supporting the economy‘ ……..blah, blah, blah, blah!
[A little bit like they claim to be able to move ‘ancient woodlands’ out of the path of HS2 …. Oh dear, they really don’t understand!!!!]
They also pledged to re-open some public green spaces – in about 17 years(!!) and to plant at least as many trees as they fell – but of course much smaller and in different places ……..in Sheffield we have heard this before!!!!
This new proposal has great potential – but let’s hope they adopt the ‘Wilder Visions’ and ‘Shadow Woods’ ideas!
And a relevant article from Chris Baines…..