Amey Tree Inspections Commence

From Tuesday the 15th, Amey are to start their onsite assessment/investigation of the 45 trees that the Council agreed to re-investigate, as part of it’s new proposal.

The joint tree inspections agreed to in the recent mediated talks are due to start next week, and we really need supporters to come along bare witness in a calm and peaceful manner.

Let us show the council that support for the campaign hasn’t gone away during the pause in felling, and that their conduct is being watched. The council must be shown that any attempt to fell healthy trees, would still draw mass gatherings of supporters, and much negative publicity.

For the inspection schedule, please read Paul Brooke’s (co-chair of STAG) statement below.

There are a total of 45 trees that, as per the Council’s new proposal, are listed for ‘reinvestigation’ and are due to have an on-site assessment/investigation to see if an engineering solution can be applied.
There are a further 60 trees that they say they need to fell in 2019 and these will also be subject to an on-site assessment/investigation.
There are some WW1 memorial trees that are now ‘retained’ but that will need some investigation work to identify the appropriate engineering solution.

We have been in discussion with Amey on the process as set out in the Joint Statement and we want to assure you of the following;
  1. Amey will notify residents adjacent to any trees due for investigation with a hand delivered letter.
  2. Amey have assembled a ‘specialist team’ to carry out investigation works in public and in liaison with independent highways engineers offering their support to STAG
  3. NO decision or action to fell a tree will be taken during the investigation. The crew will not have a chipper on tow.
  4. If the crew can use an engineering solution and repair the kerb/pavement to the standard required by the Council, they will complete the work that day or the following day depending on time available.
  5. If they are not able to fix the problem they will discuss this with our engineer and we will produce a joint report setting out what Amey and what our engineer recommend.
  6. If our Engineer is not available on the day Amey inspect the tree, Amey will remove the kerb/tarmac as required and leave the site exposed (protected by barriers) so that our engineer can assess when available.
  7. If Amey conclude they cannot resolve the problem and after our engineer has assessed the site, Amey will make the site safe with a temporary repair and refer the tree to SCC for a decision. We are in discussion with SCC about how this information, including the CAVAT value and cost/benefit of works will be published.
  8. People are encouraged to come and view works. STAG reps and local residents are able to enter the workzone if needed to photograph and view works when safe and by arrangement with the site crew. Safety wear can be provided.
It is our anticipation that more trees will be retained indefinitely as a result of this work and we want to support and assist the site crews to be creative and effective in delivering sensible solutions.

Planned work schedule.
Amey are not sure how long works will take as they will be learning as they go! 🙂 We think they will be able to do 1 or 2 trees per day.
Look out for daily updates in the coloured Daily Alert Box on the main STAG Facebook page
  • TUESDAY 15th Jan 19 – CHATSWORTH Rd, S17 – 1 tree;
Then working in the following order;
  • CRAWFORD ROAD, S8 – 1 tree; 
  • RYLE ROAD S7 – 1 tree; 
  • STRUAN ROAD, S7 – 1 tree; 
  • TAY STREET, S6 – 1 tree; 
  • THORPE HOUSE AVENUE, S8 – 1 tree; 
  • AGDEN ROAD, S7 – 2 trees; 
  • UPPER ALBERT ROAD, S8 – 2 trees.
Paul Brooke – STAG Steering Group


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Reminder: Save Nether Edge Trees Supporters’ Meeting – 7th January 2019

The next Save Nether Edge Trees public meeting will be held on Monday 7th January 2019 at 8.00pm.

The is your chance to discuss the council’s proposal.

Please note the location
Terrace Room, Kenwood Hall Hotel, Kenwood Road, Nether Edge.

Hope to see plenty of you there.

Please arrive by 7.45pm for a prompt start at 8.00pm.

Many thanks for your continued support

If you have found this information useful then please consider helping us protect your trees, by donating some money to the legal fund.

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Save Nether Edge Trees Supporters’ Meeting – 7th January 2019

The next Save Nether Edge Trees public meeting will be held on Monday 7th January 2019 at 8.00pm.

The is your chance to discuss the council’s proposal.

Please note the location
Terrace Room, Kenwood Hall Hotel, Kenwood Road, Nether Edge.

Hope to see plenty of you there.

Please arrive by 7.45pm for a prompt start at 8.00pm.

Many thanks for your continued support

If you have found this information useful then please consider helping us protect your trees, by donating some money to the legal fund.

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Mediated Talks Proposal Released

Following the recent talks between Sheffield Council and Sheffield Tree Action Groups (STAG) representatives, the council has released a formal proposal, which consists of a revised list of trees they still believe need to be felled.

Of the 305 threatened street trees not yet fell, 57% of them are still marked for the chop.

  • 27% will be indefinitely retained.
    (saved)
  • 16% are likely to be retained, subject to some final joint review.
    (probably saved)
  • 20% are still due to be felled during 2019, subject to final review.
    (likely to be felled imminently)
  • 37% are still be felled in a phased approach, over the period of 2020 to 2028. Again, subject to final review.
    (likely to felled in the future)

Under the new proposal, new solutions for retaining trees will be provided by Amey at their own costs, and will remain available for the duration of the contract. It is these solutions that will be used to save the 27% of trees indefinitely retained.

The council will allow STAG to hire independent highway engineers to work with Amey to review all proposed fellings, and it is hoped that more trees may be saved by these reviews.

The council have also agreed to an independently chaired review of the street tree strategy, to be made up of members of STAG, as well as other independent experts. Which will then inform the Council/Amey’s approach to street trees over the remaining 19 years of the PFI contract.

Sadly, the council are standing by their insistence that all the street kerbs in Sheffield must be straight, and many trees are still marked for destruction on this basis. Please write/email to your local Councillors as well as Councillor Lewis Dagnall, the Cabinet member in charge of the PFI contract, to express your anger and disappointment at this decision and encourage them to reconsider.

To be clear, this is only a proposal from Sheffield Council. It has not been accepted by STAG or anyone else, and it remain to be seen if will prove enough to prevent further protests.

2018 New Street Tree Proposals

STAG/SCC Statement


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Save Nether Edge Trees Supporters’ Meeting – 26th November 2018

The next Save Nether Edge Trees public meeting will be held on Monday 26th November 2018 at 8.00pm.

Includes “Why we are heading for extinction and what to do about it”, a talk by long term Sheffield street tree campaigner Graham Wroe

Please note the location
Terrace Room, Kenwood Hall Hotel, Kenwood Road, Nether Edge.

Hope to see plenty of you there.

Please arrive by 7.45pm for a prompt start at 8.00pm.

Many thanks for your continued support

If you have found this information useful then please consider helping us protect your trees, by donating some money to the legal fund.

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War Memorial Trees Saved!

Good news! As a result of STAG’s negotiations with Sheffield Council, 32 of the 35 threatened War Memorial Trees have been saved.

“In this, the week of Remembrance Day, I am confirming that we have developed a plan to retain 32 of the 35 war memorial trees that were originally earmarked for replacement.”

Councillor Lewis Dagnall

The remaining three, which are reportedly too diseased to retain, are currently being independently investigated.

The talks with the council are still ongoing, however the negotiating team requested that the news be announced prior to Armistice Day on the 11th November.

Read the councils release here.


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Save Nether Edge Trees Supporters’ Meeting – 29th October 2018

The next Save Nether Edge Trees public meeting will be held on Monday 29th October 2018 at 8.00pm.

Please note the location
Terrace Room, Kenwood Hall Hotel, Kenwood Road, Nether Edge.

Hope to see plenty of you there.

Please arrive by 7.45pm for a prompt start at 8.00pm.

Many thanks for your continued support

If you have found this information useful then please consider helping us protect your trees, by donating some money to the legal fund.

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