The bully-boy tactics continue as protesters face gaol threat….

The bully-boy tactics continue as protesters face gaol threat….

This really is a gross misuse of public funds and the total miscarriage of democratic process.

As Dickens wrote over a hundred years ago in Oliver Twist……’If the law supposes that,’ said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, ‘the law is a ass – a idiot’.

So there we have it: ‘………the law is a ass – a idiot’

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Recombinant Ecology review in BES Bulletin

Recombinant Ecology review in BES Bulletin

 

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Updates on the Sheffield Trees & the Pre-Trial Rally…….Friday 27th

Updates on the Sheffield Trees & the Pre-Trial Rally…….Friday 27th October

I hope everyone reading my blog has found the STAG website and Facebook page already…….but if not , here they are!

Keep up-to-date with the latest happenings and issues here:

Sheffield trees in the news

And get along to support the protestors here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1842876312708620/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%224%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%22308%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

Unbelievable attempts by SCC to quash local environmental democracy………..oooops, and if you live in Sheffield, paid for by you and me too!

 

Ian

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Sheffield Street Trees – welcome support from eminent environmental campaigner Jonathon Porritt

Sheffield Street Trees – welcome support from eminent environmental campaigner Jonathon Porritt

http://www.jonathonporritt.com/blog/why-sheffields-trees-matter-all-us

 

Please read and forward to others……thanks Ian 

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Read what the Landscape Institute has to say on Sheffield’s Street Trees …..

Read what the Landscape Institute has to say on Sheffield’s Street Trees …..

 

https://www.landscapeinstitute.org/blog/streets-ahead/

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Support the Sheffield Street Tree campaigners – help fund ‘Tree Hunter’ Rob McBride……

Support the Sheffield Street Tree campaigners – help fund ‘Tree Hunter’ Rob McBride……

I have a new book out – on trees – called ‘Shadow Woods – a search for lost landscapes’ – and hopefully a very positive take on future tree’d landscapes…..but embedded in a radical reinterpretation of countryside history.

However, (and more importantly) The Tree Hunter, Rob McBride, is doing a huge amount for Sheffield trees and is presently unfunded. To help support the campaign, from every book sold between now and Christmas, I will donate £2 to help Rob’s costs.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-Woods-Search-Lost-Landscapes/dp/1904098665/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1508327171&sr=1-1&keywords=Ian+D.Rotherham

Not a lot I know, but maybe others will follow suit………..

The history of the book is that I wrote a short volume called ‘Eco-history – an introduction to biodiversity and conservation’ and some reviewers felt it was too negative – one stating that although the evidence was incontrovertible, the book was ‘profoundly depressing’. Furthermore, whilst it was an educational book, another reviewer said it was unsuitable for children because the message was too stark!

[Hmmmm with the Sheffield street trees situation I wonder why that is…..?! Maybe growing up with rivers of detergent foam and raw sewage was a little depressing too]. However, moving swiftly on, the ‘Shadow Woods’  story is the ‘happy ending’!   

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eco-History-Introduction-Biodiversity-Conservation-Rotherham/dp/1874267812/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1508329862&sr=1-6&keywords=Ian+D.Rotherham

Please pass this message on and also come along to our big environmental celebration at Sheffield Hallam University, on the 27th November with me, Professor Chris Baines and others, and its free.

https://www.ukeconet.org/wmwpsw.html

 

Ian

 

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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.

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!

Ian

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