Deerhund Shetty posted in Save Ecclesall Road Trees.
On the value of urban trees with large crowns……..
26 February at 16:44
Large crown trees offer the most in terms of ecosystem service benefits to the communities they serve, for each year of their long lives. Councils in the UK are looking to this demographic of trees more and more, as vital parts of a toolkit needed to climate proof our future cities. These big old trees are therefore valuable community assets that should be respected and cared for in a manner deserving of such a precious and irreplaceable resource, the importance of which becomes clearer with every passing year.
SCC’s underhand and immoral night raid to fell the trees on Rustlings Road, against the wishes of residents and its own Independent Tree Panel, has incurred a monetary loss of £165,000 in asset value to this road alone. Other Councils would have retained these trees by default, by having an adequate Tree Strategy in place based on current best practice. The asset value of these trees would have been measured and cost:benefit analysis would have revealed that maintenance of these trees makes much more longterm financial sense, compared to felling.
The modern and most practical way to retain trees that cause pavement ridging, is by the use of Flexi-Pave. Abolishing Amey’s current tree-phobic and ridiculous ‘Unbroken Kerb-Line’, would mean the use of alternative specifications that would include thinner kerb profiles, no kerb profiles, ramping of tarmac and a tarmac-free zone at the base of trees. One of Amey’s worst working practice’s in Sheffield, is asphalting pavements right up to the trunk of trees. This is completely unprofessional and arguably incompetent and negligent, malpractice to boot. Sheffield deserves better than these rogue traders.
We demand that Cllrs Dore and Lodge honour the sustainable management of the street tree resource, that they already claim to comply with and put an end to this abhorrent nonsense with Amey NOW.
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