Norton in Bloom – Now you see them, now you don’t

Norton in Bloom – Now you see them, now you don’t

A picture speaks a thousand words ……………….. and a tree adds a lot of value to your house, your home, and your health…..

Blossom time at Norton

George Washington was asked, ‘Who chopped down the cherry tree?’

But I never got to find out why, at least Amey do tell us!

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This one, above is damaged with a lost limb, but not ‘dangerous

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The beech tree above is damaged about a third of the way up, is rotten and diseased and leaning badly ……. so this will have to go.

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But still a glorious tree and, rest assured, it cannot be replaced ……so a sad loss.

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This is on its way because it is damaging the pavement – but sad to lose a tree in its prime and in spring too!

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I wonder if trees are checked for breeding birds – between the posting of the notices and the actual felling some weeks later. To disturb a breeding bird at this time of the year  is a serious offence.

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16 Responses to Norton in Bloom – Now you see them, now you don’t

  1. Kath Williamson says:

    Apparently the same is happening on Rustlings road. There is a lovely tree opposite our little bookshop that is due to be taken down because of damage to the pavement. Such a shame. In the context of scaling down and cutting services , you would think the council had better things to spend our money on. Kath Williamson

    • Jenny Hockey says:

      I live halfway along Rustlings Road (125) . Something like eleven healthy trees are to be felled in the next week. Two are outside our house and a near neighbour’s. Can we do something before the trees die? Is Netheredge next for the chop?

    • If you also join http://www.streetlife.com and go to the thread: Trees removal – Rustlings Road, you will find that a campaign has been started and that you can join meeting with Amey at 2pm on 27th May re: a letter sent to a recent campaigner:

      ‘We can confirm that a tree walk has been arranged for 27 May 2015 at 2:00 pm. The walk will be led by Darren Butt, Account Director for Amey who will meet all available residents outside Rustlings Sandwich Bar which is situated on the junction with Ecclesall Road and Rustlings Road.

      During the tree walk our tree experts will be able to speak to you directly about why the trees need to be removed and what these trees will be replaced with. We hope that the walk will allay some of your concerns and answer any questions you may have

      We hope this information is helpful to you, however, if you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact customer services at streetsahead@sheffield.gov.uk, via the website http://www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead or by telephone on (0114) 2734567.’

  2. Jo says:

    This seems to be a big problem in many parts of Sheffield, simply a money saving excercise, and damaging the city’s priceless reputation for its urban trees and woodlands.

  3. Freda Brayshaw says:

    There have been similar decisions about the lime trees all along Rustlings Road. The majority are beautiful healthy trees which are causing ‘raised kerb stones/damage to the pavement’ according to Amey. I’ve had an email in response to my email and phone call confirming the reasons for felling but the work is not imminent as at first indicated, but between November and next January. Time, I hope, for a concerted effort to persuade Amey to reverse their decision.

    • Kath Williamson says:

      This feels like a major project ….and one, which you rightly say Jo , goes right to the heart of what is so unique about Sheffield. The city is one of the greenest in the country because of its lovely parks and tree lined streets.

  4. Technotronic says:

    Perhaps if someone could come up with a pavement design that accommodated the growth and development of existing trees, many of the trees to be felled could be retained. There’s a challenge for any civil engineers out there (with arboricultural assistance, of course). 😉

    The Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) was supposed to come up with solutions for such problems, but I’m not sure they ever came up with a solution to this particular problem.

    Last year, TDAG published “Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery” (BTW, Amey were involved in draughting this document, as a TDAG participant): this is freely available to download:
    http://www.tdag.org.uk/trees-in-hard-landscapes.html

    The document clarifies the benefits of planting and deals with the practicalities of preparing for planting trees in the built environment.

    “The Trees and Design Action Group
    (TDAG) is a pioneering group
    of individuals, professionals and
    organisations from both the public
    and the private sectors who have come
    together to increase awareness of the
    role of trees in the built environment
    throughout the United Kingdom.”

    • Technotronic says:

      BTW, Section 3.3.3 (page 112) – “Addressing existing root-inflicted damage to surfacing” – of the aforementioned TDAG publication suggests several strategies “to alleviate or remediate root damage to hard surfaces”. 😉

      I reckon Amey would probably consider that trialling these strategies would cut in to their profit margins a little too far. However, there are situations where such strategies would be impracticable.

  5. Kath Williamson says:

    So are we just to accept the proposals ?

    • Re: Rustlings Road trees:

      ‘We can confirm that a tree walk has been arranged for 27 May 2015 at 2:00 pm. The walk will be led by Darren Butt, Account Director for Amey who will meet all available residents outside Rustlings Sandwich Bar which is situated on the junction with Ecclesall Road and Rustlings Road.

      During the tree walk our tree experts will be able to speak to you directly about why the trees need to be removed and what these trees will be replaced with. We hope that the walk will allay some of your concerns and answer any questions you may have

      We hope this information is helpful to you, however, if you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact customer services at streetsahead@sheffield.gov.uk, via the website http://www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead or by telephone on (0114) 2734567.’

  6. Technotronic says:

    If only we could see the terms and conditions of Amey’s contract.
    …Well, I guess we can’t (although you could put in a freedom of information request, given that it is public money being spent). However, it is reasonable to expect that the terms and conditions stipulated compliance with current arboricultural best practice guidance and recommendations, although that may not be the case. If only the Local Authority had adopted a tree strategy document, to guide and inform decisions, at least the decision making process would be open, transparent, and all stakeholders would have opportunity to shape policy and practice. Perhaps you could start a petition for a tree strategy to be developed and “adopted”. 😉

    Technically, there is nothing wrong with what Amey is doing. Any criticism therefore needs to be informed and reasonable, if it is to be considered.

    Section 18 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 requires local planning
    authorities to produce a Statement of Community Involvement. Sheffield does have one, perhaps it could be improved? You will find more info’ on this on the Stocksbridge Community Forum. 😉

  7. lejasonman says:

    There’s a campaign about the cherry trees just up the road near Bingham Park…
    https://www.streetlife.com/conversation/3ozrpei1hgwgj/

  8. Deepa Shetty says:

    Petition to save the 12 trees on Rustlings Road here:
    http://chn.ge/1dtg74B
    Please sign and share! 🙂

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