Help support SORT

Campaigns need resources including funds – so please circulate this call as widely as possible.




Dear Supporter

The good news is that 8 months on, the Rustlings Road trees are still standing. However, healthy roadside trees are still being felled across the city and we know the fight is by no means over. To help with the necessary fundraising (e.g., leaflets, professional notetakers at meetings, possibly even legal advice, etc) to keep the campaign going we have organised a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and supporters.

Quality prizes include: Boxed bottle of Laurent-Perrier Vintage Champagne; Sheffield Steelers Family Ticket; M&S £40 gift voucher; 1hr massage, reflexology and Reiki session, Bradfield Brewery mini keg and more!

We will be selling tickets throughout January, with the draw being made on 2nd February.

They come in books of 5 tickets and are £1 per ticket.

What we are looking for is some help to sell raffle tickets (although we are happy for you to buy them as well!). If you think you could help sell a few tickets to family or friends, or know someone else who would be willing to sell a few tickets, please email us saying how many you would like and we will arrange this:

A Happy New Year and thank you.

Col Carr (SORT Campaigner)

Save Our Roadside Trees

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3 Responses to Help support SORT

  1. Technotronic says:


    On Thursday, the article below – written by Jeremy Barrell (one of the UK’s leading arboricultural consultants) was published in Horticulture Week.

    If you have never heard of this publication, imagine the most popular women’s magazine in the UK. Well, this publication is the equivalent to landscape professionals & workers. It is arguably THE biggest trade publication in the sector. Every good workplace is likely to have a copy. Every horticultural/agricultural college will have a copy in their library (forever).

    Sheffield City Council’s incompetence is now on record.

    Here goes:

    “Barrell on…Residents let down by tree loss in Sheffield

    14 January 2016, by Jeremy Barrell,”

    “I heard that more than 1,000 street trees had been felled over four months in Sheffield, with many more for the chop in 2016, so I visited to see for myself.

    It sounded bad, but the reality was beyond belief — managers blatantly disregarding community views and a failure to factor tree value into highway decision-making.

    I saw evidence of many high-value trees recently removed with dubious justification, residents being consulted after felling, extreme interpretations of the risk to people and infrastructure, decades of life left in trees scheduled for removal and irreplaceable heritage trees under threat.

    All this was made worse by poor communication between the residents, the city council and its private finance initiative (PFI) partner, Amey, the company carrying out the felling as part of a street “improvement” programme.

    It seems to have been decreed that trees causing any damage to infrastructure or inconvenience to highway maintenance will not be tolerated. Perhaps understandable in the past, but such lame justification for mass felling in this modern age of feasible solutions is no longer credible.

    The multiple benefits of trees are well documented, with London’s i-Tree canopy valuation confirming and quantifying the importance of existing trees.

    It is unusual for ordinary people to take to the streets protesting over trees, but it is happening in Sheffield. In November, 400 residents attended a rally to voice dissent about tree loss and last week more than 100 people turned out on a wet Saturday morning to support a single tree.

    In this case it was an elm tree that survived the ravages of Dutch elm disease only to be tagged for removal because of “highway damage”.

    Something is seriously wrong in Sheffield and any other British cities considering entering into a PFI agreement would be well advised to take a closer look at how not to do it.”


  2. Technotronic says:


    Mainly felled because kerb stones were dislodged, or the planning machine used to grind the pavement surface away would damage roots during resurfacing.

    To date, 3,599 mature highway trees have been felled by Amey: 531 TREES JUST LAST MONTH.

    At the inaugural meeting of the Highway Trees Advisory Forum, on 23rd JULY, 2015, the head of Highway Maintenance – the disgraced Steve Robinson – said 1,200 of them were DEAD, DYING or DANGEROUS. Mr Robinson said:


    Then, later, In an e-mail dated 18th DECEMBER, 2015 (Ref: 101002355271), Amey – also providers of “Customer Services” for the Streets Ahead project – stated:

    “It is also of note that at the point of contract commencement in AUGUST 2012, around 1,800 trees on the highway network were known to be DEAD or so DANGEROUS as to present an imminent risk to public safety.”

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