Message from Deepa – please circulate this widely

Dear supporters

Come and join us for the STAG conference THIS Saturday!

From 11:00am to 3:00pm this Saturday (21st January 2017), at St Mary’s church, Bramall Lane (in town) there will be a series of presentations about how policy, management and practice affect Sheffield’s trees, with particular focus on the Sheffield city Council/Amey approach to the stewardship and care of Sheffield’s street trees (the trees planted by the roadside, usually in grass verges or surrounded by tarmac). St Mary’s is the big church at the roundabout on the dual carriageway, at the end of the moor, on the opposite side of the dual carriageway to the Decathlon shop.

ENTRY FEE PAYABLE AT THE DOOR: £5 Waged-£3 Concessions. (Refreshments included)

You can reserve a place by using the following Facebook link and clicking on “Going”:

Internationally respected arboriculturists (tree experts) will be key speakers – Jeremy Barrel (leading Arboricultural Consultant and Expert Witness) and Russell Horsey (former Deputy Director of The Institute of Chartered Foresters: from 2012 until more recently). Sheffield’s very own Professor Ian Rotherham will also be speaking – an ecologist of international renown for his specialism in surveying ancient woodland (Sheffield probably has more ancient woodland than any other city in the UK).


Woodland Trust Regional Policy Administration Officer & “expert” on Sheffield’s “bi monthly” Streets Ahead Highway Trees Advisory Forum.
The Woodland trust is a charity that buys woodland for the public to enjoy and campaigns to protect ancient woodland. It also produces policy guidance and recommendations for use by those with responsibility for trees. Recently, it was responsible for the Tree of the Year competition that was shown on TV, featuring STAG & Sheffield’s Chelsea Rd Huntingdon Elm.

Rob travels around the UK & Europe discovering the whereabouts of ancient trees and others of special significance. He campaigns for responsible, sustainable tree care. Widely known as the Treehunter, he is a regular contributor to BBC Countryfile.

David is an ecologist and was one of the original participants in Sheffield’s first tree action group – Save Our Rustlings Trees, now known as Save Our Roadside Trees. He will be talking about how Streetlights affect human and wildlife circadian rhythms, road safety and our view of our night sky.

Charlotte is also a planner and will be talking about the future of integrated management of Sheffield’s Green & Blue infrastructure (including its urban forest – the collective tree & woodland cover of the city) in Sheffield.

Beatrice represents Friends of the Earth. She was a Green Commissioner on Sheffield City Council’s Green Commission* and was involved with Sheffield Climate Alliance.

This is your chance to get a better understanding of the issues currently facing Sheffield’s mostly HEALTHY street trees and to meet experts in the field of arboriculture.

All welcome. An especially warm invite goes out to Sheffield City Councillors. We hope that this opportunity to learn the facts about Urban Forestry and why it is so important to get this right, and to get this right now, will not be missed.

As always, thank you for all your tree-related endeavours wherever you are! Everyone is an asset. And your hard work is seen and appreciated by all of us.

In solidarity

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