Read what the Landscape Institute has to say on Sheffield’s Street Trees …..
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“THE ARBORICULTURAL ASSOCIATION COMMENT ON THE HANDLING OF THE FELLING OF TREES ON RUSTLINGS ROAD AND THE COUNCIL’S TREE MANAGEMENT POLICY.”
“Street Trees in Rustlings Road, Sheffield
Last Updated: 24/11/2016
The Council have a legal responsibility to remove trees which are in a seriously diseased or dangerous condition. The removal of trees which are not dangerous but are merely seen to be “DAMAGING” (to the pavement or nearby walls) or “DISCRIMINATORY” (causing alleged obstruction to people with visual or physical impairments) has to be questioned. WE WOULD HOPE THAT ALL ALTERNATIVES TO REMOVAL WOULD HAVE BEEN FULLY CONSIDERED AND EXPLAINED TO ALL STAKEHOLDERS BEFORE ANY ACTION WAS TAKEN.
FURTHERMORE, WE REITERATE THE IMPORTANCE OF COUNCILS, LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND ANYONE WITH TREES UNDER THEIR STEWARDSHIP TO STRIVE FOR AND ADVOCATE THE SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF TREES, as well as highlighting the need for clear lines of communication and collaboration between all relevant parties before such crucial decisions are made.”
COMMENT FROM THE ARBORICULTURAL ASSOCIATION:
“AA REGISTERED CONSULTANT JEREMY BARRELL ON THE ONE SHOW – BBC 1 4th January 7pm
Arboricultural Association Registered Consultant and long term Fellow Member Jeremy Barrell will be appearing in a segment on The One Show about the Sheffield street tree situation.
THE AA SUGGESTED JEREMY, AMONG OTHERS, AFTER THE BBC CONTACTED US FOR IMPARTIAL COMMENT FROM AN EXPERT on the emotive topic. He spent the best part of a day in December filming for the BBC magazine programme.
We hope this will be a great opportunity to advocate the SUSTAINABLE management of trees to the national audience, and for the importance for CLEAR LINES OF COMMUNICATION and COLLABORATION between all relevant parties to be emphasised once again, following the REGRETFUL HANDLING OF THE SITUATION.”
“BARRELL CRITICISES SHEFFIELD’S “SHOCKING” STREET TREE POLICY ON PRIMETIME TV
Barrell Tree Consultancy managing director Jeremy Barrell attacked Sheffield’s street tree removal programme on last night’s (4 January) One Show on BBC1.
Interviewed by presenter and veteran DJ Andy Kershaw while inspecting felled and soon-to-be-felled trees in the city, Jeremy Barrell said: “From a health and safety point of view they are fine – none of them need to come out.
THIS IS CONTRARY TO GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE AND GUIDANCE FROM THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF HIGHWAYS & TRANSPORTATION – IT’S A SHOCKING AFFAIR THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE DOESN’T HAPPEN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY.”
Horticulture Week – 5 January 2017. Author: Gavin McEwan.
Clips from The One Show:
COMMENT FROM KEITH SACRE – then Vice Chairman of the Arboricultural Association (also, as a representative of Barcham Trees, supplier of trees to the Streets Ahead Project. Previously lead author of BS 8545:2014):
“Keith Sacre of Barcham Trees, the largest container tree nursery in Europe, supplying more than 60,000 each year, says the standard street trees they sell to London boroughs are 3.5m high with a 14cm girth. He calculates that TO REPLICATE THE LEAF AREA OF JUST ONE MATURE PLANE TREE on the Embankment, 60 NEW TREES WOULD HAVE TO BE PLANTED. ‘ONE-FOR-ONE REPLACEMENT IS MAD,’ he says. ‘Planting has got to be slow, steady, planned and resourced. There has to be a long-term commitment to recognising trees as the asset that they are.’
Unfortunately, the replacement of mature trees with dainty ornamental species is a trend across many cities, creating ‘LOLLIPOP LANDSCAPES’ according to Mark Johnston, author of Trees in Towns and Cities. ‘Local authorities are cutting back on their spending on tree maintenance and management so tree officers are reluctant to put in large trees. They’ll put in LITTLE LOLLIPOP TREES THAT DON’T CONTRIBUTE MUCH TO THE LANDSCAPE OR DELIVER MUCH IN TERMS OF ECOSYSTEM SERVICES.’”
The Guardian, 15th August, 2015
For further comment on Sheffield City Council’s mismanagement and incompetence, in terms of the stewardship of Sheffield’s urban forest and its various tree populations, I strongly advise people see the SORT (Save Our Roadside Trees) communications. In particular:
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