As the noose tightens on Sheffield’s Vernon OAK …..It’s sad, so sad. It’s a sad, sad situation. And it’s getting more and more absurd.
Or so wrote Elton John & Bernie Taupin back in 1976, but the line could equally apply here in Sheffield today. The noose is tightening around several key and ultimately iconic trees and roadside avenues in Sheffield, from the Vernon Oak, to the Chelsea Huntingdon Elm, and to the Meersbrook Park Road limes.
This really is environmental bullying and brutality at its worst and shrouded by an aura of what seems to be deliberate and divisive misinformation that is trotted out as ‘professional practice’ or ‘science’ – which is certainly is not.
The Vernon Oak is a pre-urbanisation, pre-enclosure rural tree and I estimate at least 180 to 200 years old – it cannot be replaced. Furthermore, it is doing almost no damage, and the removal is paid for by US! As the line goes, ‘And it’s getting more and more absurd’.
But following on with appalling use of lyrics, as Bonnie Tyler sang, ‘Where have all the good men gone?’, for the Vernon Oak the line might be, ‘I need a hero
I’m holding out for a hero ’til the end of the night’………..So I wonder when will the cavalry arrive?
More to follow!