This Friday, November 17th, is the first anniversary of the Rustlings Road fellings, when Seven lovely limes were felled in the early hours. Three residents were arrested trying to protect the trees outside their homes. Such was the outrage of residents, that it made national news.
The Save Our Rustlings Road Trees group are holding an event on Friday.
Date: 17 November 2017
Time: 14:30 – 18:30
Location: Opposite “Ellen”, the tree outside Number 203 Rustlings Road
14:30 painting and drawing event (all are welcome)
16:45 Assemble for candlelit (or phone screen) procession along Rustlings Road and around into Endcliffe Park.
(Please bring red hearts and placards)
There will then be speakers, an opportunity to listen to residents experiences (Professor Jenny Hockey was one of the people arrested) and perhaps some music too.
See the Facebook event here.
There will be a mass paint off held on Western Road, Crookes, to commemorate Armistice Day, and to celebrate the trees that were planted as a living war memorial.
The trees were planted in remembrance of pupils from the local primary school who died in the First World War.
23 of the trees are now under threat of felling under the councils “Streets Ahead” contract.
The event will commence with a service of remembrance. There will then be a silent procession along lower Western Road, ending at the war memorial plaque on the wall of Westways School. The art event will then follow with participants collecting materials and getting stuck into their drawings or paintings up and down the road.
It is intended that every memorial tree be represented by the end of the day. There’ll be a chance to see lots of artists of all abilities (including some professionals) at work, plus there’ll be a Family Activity Area with art, craft and tree related activities to participate in. It should be a great day!
It’s not too late for people to register to participate in drawing or painting a tree – if interested please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 11 November 2017
Time: 10:00 am till 4:00 pm
10:00 am Muster at the Corner of Western Road and Mona Avenue.
11:30 Art Event
For further information see the Facebook event here.
In October Sheffield council decided to take prominent tree campaigners Calvin Payne and Councillor Alison Teal to court again.
The council alleged that they had broken the injunction forbidding peacefully protesting against the felling of healthy street trees.
The trial began on Friday 27th October and sentencing was carried out on Friday 3rd November.
Alison has been fastidious in respecting the terms of the injunction, and as such the evidence against her was weak. The judge decided she had not breached the order and the case against her was dismissed on the opening day of the trial.
Calvin was found guilty of breaching the injunction. This consisted of one count of encouraging others to breach the injunction by posting on Facebook, as well as two other counts of preventing the felling of healthy street trees by standing within the safety zone.
He has been given a 3 month suspended sentence, and ordered to pay £16,000 in costs.
“I apologise to the judge for being caught up in this and I have no contempt for the judge or the court but I do for the policy that we are fighting and I’m not ashamed or retracting my actions.”
“I’m slightly relieved to be here. As you could hear in there, it was a close run thing. Whatever happens here today, the issue won’t have gone away.”
For further information, please see the media links for the 3rd November, provided on our campaign timeline.
The next Save Nether Edge Trees public meeting will be held on Monday 30th October at 8.00pm.
Location is the upstairs room at the Banner Cross Pub, 971 Ecclesall Road.
The outcome and implications of Friday’s court case.
How you can do more to support the ongoing campaign.
All supporters welcome.
Please arrive by 7.45pm for a prompt start at 8.00pm.
This is a reminder that there will be a rally this Friday to show support for the prominent tree campaigners that have been taken back to to court by Sheffield Council.
Please come along and show your support.
Date: 27th October 2017
Venue: Sheffield Combined Courts
Start of Rally: 09:30 am
Start of Trial: 10:30 am
Yesterday, the Save Dore Totley & Bradway Trees group announced that despite over two years of campaigning to save the “Vernon Oak”, the iconic tree is scheduled to be felled on Monday 16th October 2017.
“Losing this magnificent healthy oak would be a tragedy in any circumstances, but when the reasoning behind felling it is so palpably flawed it tells a distressing story about how little the positive impact of street trees is understood and valued by local decision-makers.”
Matt Larsen-Daw – The Woodland Trust
“As Chair of the Wildlife Trust, I have observed first hand how the Council leadership and its officers have consistently failed to take on board constructive expert advice from the principal local charitable natural environment champion. Whether it is responsible local residents or respected experts giving the advice and wanting to influence the City Council the result has been the same – a dialogue with the deaf”
Christopher Pennell – Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust
Residents will be holding a candlelit vigil under the tree this Sunday evening at 6pm.
Read the full press released here.