The Destruction of Sheffield’s Trees

Here yesterday, gone todayA once green vista – how depressing to see – a friend’s commentCaring for our green spaces

Caring for our green spaces

A once green vista

Removing ‘dangerous’ trees – several metres from the roadside

Van parked at the site

Only time will tell………………….. Job done P1550019

The stacked timber

The stacked timber

The pigeon trees

The pigeon trees

Sensitive site management

Sensitive site management

The Destruction of Trees on the Meadowhead Roundabout is Completely Over The Top

Go to the link: http://www.ukeconet.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Destruction-of-Trees-in-Sheffield-Sheffield-Star-Wildside-Saturday-August-17th-2013.jpg

to read the content of Ian’s article in The Sheffield Star.

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12 Responses to The Destruction of Sheffield’s Trees

  1. John Baker says:

    Ian
    You might like to add a road safety dimension. We approached the roundabout from Norton, only to be blinded by the evening sun in our face ! Previously the trees prevented dazzle from when the sun was low in the sky to the west.
    John Baker
    Village Publications

    • Hi John,

      That is a very interesting, astute, and helpful observation – because road safety is one of the big reasons thrown at us as a justification for removal of trees.

      I experienced the same thing myself but it didn’t dawn as to what the reason was!

  2. Avril Critchley says:

    In view of the recent State of Nature Report from 25 conservation organisations spelling out what is happening to wildlife in this country; Sheffield is really not helping to put that right !
    The well being of people and effect on all forms of wildlife by felling trees seems to have been forgotten!

  3. Margaret Stone says:

    That approach to Sheffield used to be really attractive – so many tall trees – then the new garage saw the destruction of many trees along the roadside, now they’ve gone from the roundabout. We have tried to find out why but got nowhere with the Council or Amey. A friend of mine had beautiful, well-established flowering bushes by the road beside her house in Heeley – no threat to drivers or pedestrians – but not long ago all cut down by the council for no apparent reason other than a desire to “tidy up”. Now the area is a mass of nettles. Who sets council policy on what gets cut down?

  4. Jude Warrender says:

    I contacted my local Councillor (Neale Gibson) about street trees policy. This is his reply –

    Thanks, I think there is a lot of confusion in this article. The removal of the trees was necessary as I understand to allow the realignment of the roundabout. It was carried out by Amey who are the Thanks, The removal of the trees was necessary as I understand to allow the realignment of the roundabout. It was carried out by Amey who are the contractors under the instruction of the Highways department.

    I can assure you that that we have a policy of replacing any trees that have to be removed in the process of the upgrade of highways in the city.contractors under the instruction of the Highways department.

    • Of course, we already know that AMEY say it wasn’t them, and planting trees unfortunately doesn’t replace the losses. The lack of information, consultation, or environmental impact minimisation are quite remarkable. There will be more to follow on this in the next few weeks as it seems that good trees are disappearing rapidly from across the city.

      Ian

  5. Fran Halsall says:

    I live just around the corner from Meadowhead and in the posted information I received about the roundabout works there was no mention of tree-felling. If there had of been I would have corresponded with the council at the time as to whether it was necessary or not. After closely watching the works I came to the conclusion that the only reason the trees were chopped down was to make space for piling up earth on site rather than move it off-site, which would have incurred extra costs.

    The sad thing is I had only been remarking a couple of weeks earlier what a fine example a wooded roundabout it was and whether it would make an interesting study to see what animal life lived or visited there.

    This was a well established woodland, albeit a compact one, and the promise to replace it with saplings is a sad gesture in relation to what has been destroyed. I will watch the site with interest and see how long it takes for the trees to be replanted – I suspect it is not at the top of the list of priorities.

  6. Technotronic says:

    If anybody has any complaints regarding tree work done by Amey on behalf of the council, and wants answers from the people directly responsible, you need to contact Amey via the council’s website: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/roads/works/schemes/streetsaheadproject.html .

    You will be prompted to e-mail streetsahead@sheffield.gov.uk or telephone customer services on: (0114) 2734567.

    This is the best way to get answers. Councillors are unfamiliar with the details and at best will just fob you off with general schpeel. They are not knowledgeable or familiar with arboricultural matters. To the best of my knowledge, Sheffield council has not actually formally adopted a specific Tree Strategy. One has been in development for a few years now!

    If you are not happy with the answers you get, then contact your councillor. 😉

    If anybody would like to get a better idea about Amey’s tree work, I recommend you visit the Stocksbridge Community Forum and type in a key word in to the search box (such as “tree” or “Amey”).

    Link: https://www.stocksbridgecommunity.org/news/contribute-website

  7. Technotronic says:

    If anybody is interested, the Department for Communities and Local Government commissioned a report which was published in 2008 as part of the “Research for Amenity Trees series of publications (9th in the series). It is named “Trees in Towns 2: a new survey of urban trees in England and their condition and management”. For the casual reader this is, perhaps, a largely boring document. However, the final section of the document – pages 487 to 644 – consists of 12 case studies (Appendix 14), provided as local authority examples of best practice.

    The document is substantial, with a hefty price tag. However, it can be purchased for a fraction of the standard price (£13.63) at:
    http://www.lulu.com/shop/mark-johnston/trees-in-towns-ii/paperback/product-18906201.html

    A summary is available, as a free PDF, in the form of an executive report. See:
    http://www.treeworks.co.uk/PDFs/s15speakers/Mark_Johnston_Myerscough_College_Trees_in_Towns_II.pdf

    Any local authority, or agent acting on behalf of a local authority (LA), and claiming to act in accordance with current best practice guidance and recommendations will be doing their best to achieve the recommendations outlined in this publication.

    Below are a few excerpts from “Trees in Towns 2” on the importance of a tree strategy document:

    A tree strategy is “the most significant indicator of a planned approach to management”…”Those LAs that have not got an existing tree strategy and are not in the process of developing one, need to make this an immediate priority”…”Even the existence of a specific tree strategy does not always imply that this is an appropriate document to drive the LA’s tree programme. How the strategy was developed and what detailed policies and plans it contains will determine this.”

  8. Technotronic says:

    Sheffield’s Statement of Community Involvement was adopted in 2006 and is currently in the process of being updated.

    “The Statement says how we will consult people and organisations on the preparation of local planning policies and on planning application decisions”.

    Between 17 March and 17 April 2014, the public are invited to comment on the Consultation Draft.

    To view the draft and leave your comments, please use the following link:

    http://sheffield-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/sci/sci
    Log in or register to post comments

  9. Technotronic says:

    “The Government Forestry and Woodlands Policy Statement, Incorporating the Government’s Response to the Independent Panel on Forestry’s Final Report”, recognised and accepted

    “The importance of preserving and maximising the social and environmental benefits provided by trees and woodlands, particularly in and around our towns and cities”

    Through its key principle of localism, Government has acknowledged its responsibility to facilitate local authorities, businesses and communities to decide their local priorities and has acknowledged that these stakeholders “know their areas and are best placed to decide their local priorities”. To this end, and “to drive economic growth”, it has made a statement of commitment to

    “Encourage, where appropriate, local government and Local Enterprise Partnerships to take advantage of the opportunities provided by Government policies to realise the potential of local woodland assets”.

    The “The Government Forestry and Woodlands Policy Statement is available as a free PDF document at:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/221023/pb13871-forestry-policy-statement.pdf

    For the latest progress, visit:
    http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-9frj9j

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