How urban badgers have arrived in the suburbs

How urban badgers have arrived in the suburbs

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York’s Military Legacy – illustrated lecture in historic York to launch new book…….

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.


York’s Military Legacy poster

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HS2 Appalling threat to London Trees in Euston Square Gardens

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 …… Sheffield we have heard this before!!!!

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New Northern Forest Proposal

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…..

BBC Wildlife Talking Point December 2017 The Uplands Post-Brexit

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The face of protest?

A question asked………The face of protest?

Local reporter David Bocking posed this question a couple of weeks ago. From my mailbag I know it caused deep offence and upset to many Sheffield people who genuinely care about the city’s trees and the local environment.

However, David asked a question and here I can give you the real answer:

‘No!’ This is the face of protest!! I do wonder why the local media present an image close to that of international terrorists, rather than of the community-friendly, concerned about democracy and choice, local people……….? What do you think?

Pictures courtesy of Jan Turner

And also, take a look at this clip: Santa Saves Meersbrook Park Road Christmas Tree – Sheffield Tree Defenders MPR (2) from WalayatFamily:

Here is episode 2 from Meersbrook Park Road (MPR), where Santa literally saves a tree for Christmas! MPR is just one of dozens of Sheffield remaining tree lined streets that are witness to the daily grind of tree defenders vs the Amey felling crews as they are accompanied by platoons of HiViz security determined to fell mostly healthy trees in the countdown to their Christmas Grinch deadline.

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Why on earth are some folk buying into the lies and deceit being trotted out across the city……….?

And so, what has happened to free speech and the right to local, environmental democracy? How about a new figure of speech? ‘You’ve been Amey’d’! Or even, ‘Oh dear I just trod in an Amey’? Any other ideas or suggestions?

So why cover your face??? This was in part at least the question which David raised …… and the answer is pretty clear – corporate bullying and intimidation. Protestors are covering up because they are being photographed, videoed, and even followed home by hired private detectives (paid for by us, the citizens of Sheffield!) and then threatened with legal action. That is clearly why some protestors feel the need to cover up? Isn’t that pretty obvious????

The photographing and videoing also seem of questionable legality when it is without consent and has, I am told, included minors……..I thought we had laws about that sort of thing???    

More to follow!!

Christmas cartoons from the Sheffield Telegraph:

Merry Christmas.


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Merry Christmas to all our tree fellas………

Merry Christmas to all our ‘tree fellas’ (if your conscience allows!)……… to all my readers, and to those who care for Sheffield’s trees……the campaign goes on!

This is what I wrote last year ……. scroll to the bottom and little has changed!

So glad tidings one and all, and if you want a Yule log…….ask Amey ‘cos they have a few to spare!

The campaign goes on – all power to the protestors and what remains of environmental democracy! Expect more next year. ‘It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings…..



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Here comes the flood……..

River Rother in flood at Woodhouse Washlands by Christine Handley

Here comes the flood……..

Article by Shivam Patel

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