Notes from a Wildlife Garden No. 1

Notes from a Wildlife Garden No. 1

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  1. Technotronic says:

    SHEFFIELD STREET TREE PARTNERSHIP – 29th July 2020:

    “Calling all tree lovers, an exciting VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY to improve the health, diversity, resilience and canopy cover of the street trees in Sheffield

    Sheffield is known nationally for its street trees, many of them planted over 100 years ago by the far-sighted community leaders of the time. However, MAINTAINING AND INCREASING THE CANOPY COVER of those street trees, taking into account their increasing age and the emerging disease threats to them, requires the support of the whole community.

    Sheffield’s new exemplary Street Tree Strategy, being delivered by the new Sheffield Street Tree Partnership, is seeking volunteers who are passionate about trees and wildlife in general.

    THE VOLUNTEERS WILL HELP MONITOR THE HEALTH OF EXISTING STREET TREES, INCLUDING SUPPORTING THE PLANTING AND CARE OF NEW YOUNG TREES. THEY WILL ALSO HELP TO INFLUENCE THE PLANTING OF ADDITIONAL YOUNG TREES, THEIR LOCATION AND SPECIES SELECTION, contributing to an improvement in the environment of your neighbourhood, and Sheffield as whole.

    Anyone interested should click here* to find out more details about the volunteer role, and how to apply.

    * https://www.wildsheffield.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/200629-FINAL-Street-Tree-Warden-Role-Description.pdf

    Click to access 200629-FINAL-Street-Tree-Warden-Role-Description.pdf

    SOURCE:

    Click to access 200629-FINAL-Volunteer-Job-Advert-Calling-all-tree-lovers.pdf

    Click to access 200629-FINAL-Volunteer-Job-Advert-Calling-all-tree-lovers.pdf

    *****
    On STAG Facebook:
    https://en-gb.facebook.com/groups/392913244219104/permalink/1586821411494942/

  2. Technotronic says:

    FUTURE DIRECTION OF STAG
    (An announcement on Sheffield Tree Action Groups Facebook, dated 23rd July 2020)

    ***
    “Back in Feb we held some consultation (and had a party!) aimed at thinking about the future structure, role and aims of STAG. Attached is a discussion document that sets out the consultation feedback we’ve received and the aims and objectives discussed and agreed by Steering Group

    We want to proceed by SETTING UP AN UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATION, with a membership and constitution BASED ON THE CONSULTATION. A membership would then elect a ‘board’ or ‘management committee’ that would replace STAG Steering Group.

    To do this we feel WE NEED A SHORT TERM ‘ACTION GROUP’ TO DRAFT A CONSTITUTION and determine a membership process. In the consultation event a few people volunteered to help with this but we want to ask for volunteers or nominations.

    If you can offer some time to work on this (in a safe non contact, no hugging kind of way) PLEASE EMAIL SHELLEY COCKAYNE at thefunbranch@gmail.com or tag her in the comments below.”

    ***
    SOURCE:
    https://en-gb.facebook.com/groups/392913244219104/permalink/1581987001978383/

    http://web.archive.org/web/20200809012143if_/https://www.facebook.com/groups/392913244219104/permalink/1581987001978383/?comment_id=1593275487516201&reply_comment_id=1593700670807016

  3. Technotronic says:

    A SHORT DIRECTORY AS RECORD OF THE STREET TREE DEBACLE
    &
    THE GROSS INCOMPETENCE, MALFEASANCE & MALADMIONISTRATION THAT MADE SHEFFIELD A NATIONAL DISGRACE AND INTERNATIONAL LAUGHING STOCK

    1 ***
    ‘SCC / AMEY LIES & INCOMPETENCE: AN E-MAIL ABOUT RUSTLINGS ROAD’:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/important-update-from-deepa-shetty-on-behalf-of-stag/#comment-1417

    2 ***
    HORTICULTURE WEEK – Friday, 29th May 2015

    ‘PROPOSAL TO FELL SHEFFIELD STREET TREES PROMPTS RESIDENTS’ CAMPAIGN’
    https://www.hortweek.com/proposal-fell-sheffield-street-trees-prompts-residents-campaign/arboriculture/article/1349329

    http://web.archive.org/web/20150725111909/https://www.hortweek.com/proposal-fell-sheffield-street-trees-prompts-residents-campaign/arboriculture/article/1349329

    3 ***
    THE STAR (a Sheffield newspaper) – Saturday, 20th June 2015

    ‘EVERYONE’S TREES ARE UNDER THREAT’ – SHEFFIELD CAMPAIGNERS’ FINAL CALL TO HIT 5,000 PETITION MARK AND SPARK DEBATE
    https://web.archive.org/web/20150623003744/http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/everyone-s-trees-are-under-threat-sheffield-campaigners-final-call-to-hit-5-000-petition-mark-and-spark-debate-1-7318369

    http://web.archive.org/web/20150622053240/https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/local/everyone-s-trees-are-under-threat-sheffield-campaigners-final-call-to-hit-5-000-petition-mark-and-spark-debate-1-7318369

    QUOTE:

    A STREETS AHEAD SPOKESMAN TOLD THE STAR that three complaints had been made in two years about trips and falls due to the tree roots on Rustlings Road.

    They added:

    “We are in a difficult position because TEN OUT OF THE 30 TREES ON THIS ROAD ARE CAUSING AN OBSTRUCTION ON THE PAVEMENT. One tree is diseased and does need to be removed. Although we are using sensitive engineering solutions to retain 19 out of the 30 trees on Rustlings Road, WE WANT TO EXPLORE ALL OPTIONS to see if any of them would allow the remaining 11 trees to be retained.’”

    4 ***
    THE STAR – Thursday 25th June 2015

    ‘SHEFFIELD TREES: ‘ALL OPTIONS OPEN’ SAY COUNCIL CHIEFS AS FELLING DEBATE DRAWS NEAR’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20150626181516/http://www.thestar.co.uk:80/news/sheffield-trees-all-options-open-say-council-chiefs-as-felling-debate-draws-near-1-7326774

    QUOTE:

    “Coun Fox continued:

    ‘We have just planted 50,000 trees across the city, so nobody can so we don’t love trees. But WE CAN’T HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT EVERY TREE. WE HAVE TO TAKE A CITYWIDE, BALANCED AND CONSIDERED VIEW.

    THE TREE FORUM I HAVE IN MIND WOULD BE A BI-MONTHLY MEETING WHERE WE CAN OPENLY DISCUSS THESE ISSUES.’
    […]
    Coun Fox added:

    ‘ALL OPTIONS ARE OPEN. WE WILL HAVE A FULL AND FRANK DEBATE BUT I CANNOT PREDICT WHAT FULL COUNCIL WILL SAY.’

    5 ***
    THE STAR – Wednesday, 1st July 2015

    ‘SHEFFIELD TREES: WE WILL CARRY ON OUR FIGHT, CAMPAIGNERS VOW AFTER NO ACTION TAKEN ON 10,000-STRONG PETITION’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20150703003200/http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-trees-we-will-carry-on-our-fight-campaigners-vow-after-no-action-taken-on-10-000-strong-petition-1-7337321

    QUOTE:

    “Coun PETER PRICE was drowned out after he said THE CITY’S ‘INTERNATIONAL’ GREEN REPUTATION WAS NOT GOING TO BE LOST ‘BECAUSE OF YOU WHINGING ABOUT SOME TREES ON A CERTAIN STREET.’”

    AUDIO EVIDENCE:
    https://1drv.ms/u/s!AsWguV74n6x7okjtA5OqOgoe8LMT
    SOURCE:

    ‘ADDRESSING LABOUR CRITICISMS AGAINST TREE CAMPAIGNERS’
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/statement-on-tree-replacement-by-sheffield-city-council/comment-page-1/#comment-4061

    6 ***
    ‘SORT – 5th YEAR ANNIVERSARY’:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/mystery-photograph-of-the-day-no-26/comment-page-1/#comment-4431

    7 ***
    ‘IN MEMORY OF AND THANKS FOR THE LIFE OF ALAN ROBSHAW’
    (in July 2015, Alan represented Sheffield’s first tree group – SORT – at the meeting of full Council and made two speeches. By doing so, he made full use of every available opportunity to simultaneously address all city Councillors, in person):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/mystery-photograph-of-the-day-no-26/comment-page-1/#comment-4310

    8 ***
    ‘SCC / AMEY: DECEIT & MISINFORMATION’
    (Mr Long’s letter to Sheffield Telegraph, dated 15th November, 2016. Not printed):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/important-update-from-deepa-shetty-on-behalf-of-stag/#comment-1415

    9 ***
    ‘DECEITFUL SCC CABINET MEMBERS & OFFICERS – PEOPLE THAT HAD / HAVE THE FINAL SAY’
    (Cllr FOX & FOI obfuscation):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/mystery-photograph-of-the-day-no-26/comment-page-1/#comment-4426

    10 ***
    ‘SHEFFIELD’S FIRST EVER TREE FORUM’
    (Scroll down to the fourth reference. For AUDIO OF Cllr TERRY FOX, see item ‘A’ in the ‘notes’ section):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/mystery-photograph-of-the-day-no-26/comment-page-1/#comment-4352

    QUOTE:

    “IF YOU LISTEN TO THE AUDIO FILE, YOU WILL HEAR HIM CLAIM THAT HE HAS NO POWER TO MAKE CHANGES OR DO ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY. However:

    “In the case of R (Dillner) v Sheffield CC and Amey Hallam Highways Ltd (2016), Sheffield’s politicians went to the High Court of Justice…

    Commenting on the £2.2bn project, SECTION 195 of the judgement states:

    ‘…THE ONLY PERSON OR BODY WITHIN THE COUNCIL WITH THE POWER TO TAKE ACTIONS OR MAKE DECISIONS WITH REGARD TO THE WORKS WAS THE CABINET MEMBER responsible. IN PARTICULAR THE FULL COUNCIL HAD NO POWER TO DO SO.’”

    11 ***
    Cllr FOX’S SPEECH, AS CABINET MEMBER FOR ENVIRONMENT & TRANSPORT (Labour)
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2015/07/16/update-on-sheffield-street-tree-issues/#comment-764

    12 ***
    FOR AUDIO OF CLLR FOX’S SPEECH, SEE:

    ‘ELECTIONS – EUROPE – CLIMATE – CANOPY COVER – AIR QUALITY & PUBLIC HEALTH’
    (a letter that Mr Long. Scroll down to the seventh reference, immediately below the letter):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2019/07/30/good-news-and-bad-for-sheffields-street-trees/#comment-3675

    13 ***
    A LETTER FROM SORT, sent to The Star and Sheffield Telegraph, dated 27th August 2015
    (also sent to The Guardian on 26th August 2015), published by The Star, on 2nd September 2015):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/street-trees-in-the-news/#comment-858

    14 ***
    VARIOUS OTHER AUDIO CLIPS OF Cllr TERRY FOX in action as Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport (currently SCC DEPUTY LEADER), can be accessed via the following link:
    https://1drv.ms/f/s!AsWguV74n6x7oDwb4mo16_eUZdhI

    In one clip of Cllr FOX on BBC Radio Sheffield, on 2nd September 2015, prior to the second (final) meeting of the ‘bi-monthly’ Highway Trees Advisory Forum that he had initiated and chaired, which happened later the same day, you hear Cllr Fox asserting that the trees on Rustlings Rd WILL be felled, regardless of whatever information he receives, “ABSOLUTELY”, he says. Louise Haigh MP joined him on radio in smearing campaigners. For detail, see:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/more-tree-troubles/comment-page-1/#comment-3742

    15 ***
    On the 29th August 2015, with regard to the trees on Rustlings Rd, THE STAR reported that Councillor TERRY FOX, had said:

    “We should be clear THE TREES ARE NOT BEING REMOVED DUE TO THEM BEING IN THE DISCRIMINATORY CATEGORY, but because they are DAMAGING the road and pavement and also one of them is diseased”

    “I CAN REASSURE EVERYONE TREES ON RUSTLINGS ROAD WILL NOT BE REPLACED UNTIL AFTER THE SECOND FORUM MEETING TO DISCUSS OUR TREE REMOVAL STRATEGY”

    The online news item omitted some of these contravercial revelations:
    https://web.archive.org/web/20150831181842/http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/carnage-fears-as-protesters-fight-felling-of-more-sheffield-trees-1-7434177

    16 ***
    ‘PRESENTATIONS FROM THE SECOND (FINAL) MEETING OF THE ‘BI-MONTHLY’ SCC / AMEY HIGHWAY TREES ADVISORY FORUM’
    (includes detail of the felling quota):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/mystery-photograph-of-the-day-no-26/comment-page-1/#comment-4368

    17 ***
    STAG FB COMMENT ON INCOMPETENT POLICY & SURVEY METHODOLOGY
    (& selected news items)
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/the-scandal-over-sheffelds-trees-grows-with-16000-indicated-for-the-chop/comment-page-1/#comment-4252

    18 ***
    HORTICULTURE WEEK – Friday 18th March 2016

    ‘TREE FELLING IN SHEFFIELD CRITICISED BY CONSULTANT’:
    http://www.hortweek.com/tree-felling-sheffield-criticised-consultant/arboriculture/article/1387442

    http://web.archive.org/web/20160331211809/http://www.hortweek.com/tree-felling-sheffield-criticised-consultant/arboriculture/article/1387442

    19 ***
    ‘DECEIT?’
    (Mr Long’s letter to The Star, dated 27th September 2016. Not printed):
    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/comment/605.html#comment-605

    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/11/18/latest-from-deepa-and-the-trees-campaign/comment-page-1/#comment-2192

    20 ***
    VERY IMPORTANT TREE NEWS (5yr TMS):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/12/01/a-review-of-some-publications-from-the-past/comment-page-1/#comment-2828

    ‘SUMMARY’:
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/streets_ahead_five_year_tree_man_2#comment-89369

    21 ***
    ‘ANNIVERSARY – THE RUSTLINGS ROAD MASSACRE’:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/like-thieves-in-the-night-they-came-to-cut-down-the-trees/comment-page-1/#comment-3886

    22 ***
    ‘SORT: A NEWS ARCHIVE (mainly video)’:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/09/23/dave-dilner-speaks-out-about-sheffield-street-trees/comment-page-1/#comment-2688

    23 ***
    ‘EVIDENCE OF POLICE/SCC CORRUPTION’:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/important-update-from-deepa-shetty-on-behalf-of-stag/comment-page-1/#comment-3938

    24 ***
    THE YORKSHIRE POST – Tuesday, 27th June 2017

    ‘SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE ‘THROWN UNDER THE BUS’ OVER TREE-FELLING DAWN RAID IN SHEFFIELD’:
    https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/south-yorkshire-police-thrown-under-bus-over-tree-felling-dawn-raid-sheffield-53581

    https://web.archive.org/web/20200124011848/https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/latest-news/south-yorkshire-police-thrown-under-the-bus-over-tree-felling-dawn-raid-in-sheffield-1-8614918

    25 ***
    ‘IN DEFENCE OF ILLEGAL FELLING: THE SCC SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST CITIZENS’
    (more from The Yorkshire Post)
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/like-thieves-in-the-night-they-came-to-cut-down-the-trees/comment-page-1/#comment-3903

    26 ***
    ‘SHEFFIELD TREE FELLING INVESTIGATION REPORT’
    (selected extracts):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/mystery-photograph-of-the-day-no-26/comment-page-1/#comment-4392

    27 ***
    ‘SHEFFIELD TREE FELLING INVESTIGATION REPORT’
    (Forestry Commission – 18th July 2019):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/mystery-photograph-of-the-day-no-26/#comment-4424

    28 ***
    I NEWS – Friday, 23rd March 2018

    ‘MICHAEL GOVE PROMISES TO PUT HALT TO SHEFFIELD TREE FELLING’:
    https://inews.co.uk/news/michael-gove-promises-to-put-halt-to-sheffield-tree-felling-138302

    29 ***
    BBC Coverage – Friday, 23rd March 2018

    ‘MICHAEL GOVE: SHEFFIELD TREE FELLING IS ENVIRONMENTAL VANDALISM’
    (video of Secretary of State for Environment, Food And Rural Affairs condemning SCC & Amey):
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-south-yorkshire-43513471/michael-gove-sheffield-tree-felling-is-environmental-vandalism

    30 ***
    THE YORKSHIRE POST – Friday, 23rd March 2018

    JEREMY CORBYN ‘BACKS CALLS FOR SHEFFIELD TREE-FELLING WORK TO BE PAUSED’
    https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/jeremy-corbyn-backs-calls-sheffield-tree-felling-work-be-paused-48793

    http://web.archive.org/web/20191211194723/https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/latest-news/jeremy-corbyn-backs-calls-for-sheffield-tree-felling-work-to-be-paused-1-9080224

    31 ***
    ‘IMPORTANT NEWS ARCHIVE’
    (10th August 2017 to 19th October 2018):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/sheffield-tree-campaign-back-in-the-national-news-in-the-guardian/#comment-2695

    32 ***
    THE YORKSHIRE POST – Saturday 20th July 2019

    MICHAEL GOVE PROMISES NEW LEGISLATION TO PREVENT REPEAT OF SHEFFIELD TREES ‘TRAVESTY’:
    https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/michael-gove-promises-new-legislation-prevent-repeat-sheffield-trees-travesty-1752764

    33 ***
    THE STAR – Thursday, 5th March 2020

    ‘SHEFFIELD COUNCIL MEMBERS ATTEMPTED TO BLOCK EMAILS ABOUT CONTROVERSIAL TREE FELLING PLANS FROM BEING RELEASED’:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2019/12/07/a-wild-christmas-cheer/comment-page-1/#comment-4132

    34 ***
    ‘MORE ON THE TOTLEY DEBACLE’:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2019/02/12/another-one-on-the-sheffield-street-trees-city-council-to-apologise/comment-page-1/#comment-4284

    35 ***
    TEALGATE: COMMENTS FROM SHEFFIELD TREE ACTION GROUPS FACEBOOK
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/get-involved-with-the-national-garden-bird-survey/comment-page-1/#comment-4283

    36 ***
    ‘TREES: JUGGLING SUSTAINABILITY, RISK & FEAR’
    (Mr Long’s letter to The Star, dated 13th April 2018. Resubmitted to The Star on 10th December 2018. Not printed):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/chris-packham-in-sheffield-to-see-for-himself/comment-page-1/#comment-2176

    37 ***
    SCC MALFEASANCE & INCOMPETENCE?’
    (Mr Long’s letter to The Star, dated 31st July 2019. Includes links to audio evidence. Not printed):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2019/07/30/good-news-and-bad-for-sheffields-street-trees/comment-page-1/#comment-3624

    38 ***
    ‘SCC MISREPRESENTATION & GREENWASH’
    (Mr Long’s letter to The Star, Sheffield Telegraph and The Yorkshire Post, dated 10th October 2019. Not printed):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2019/07/30/good-news-and-bad-for-sheffields-street-trees/comment-page-1/#comment-3804

    39 ***
    13TH JULY 2020 – THE FIRST DAY OF SHEFFIELD TREE WEEK.
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2020/07/01/mystery-photograph-of-the-day-no-79/comment-page-1/#comment-4666

    40 ***
    ‘BIG NEWS FROM THE STAR – Wednesday, 15th July 2020, 12:01 am’
    ‘PEACE DEAL’ AGREED AS SHEFFIELD TREE-FELLING WAR ENDS AFTER EIGHT YEAR BATTLE
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/mystery-photograph-of-the-day-no-26/comment-page-1/#comment-4679

    41 ***
    ‘STAR BIAS: THE FIELDER EFFECT’:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2019/12/07/a-wild-christmas-cheer/comment-page-1/#comment-4692

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