A brief history
In 2012 Sheffield City Council entered into a £2.2 billion PFI contract with Amey, for the ‘upgrading’ and maintenance of Sheffield’s streets over a 25 year period. The resulting partnership was named ‘Streets Ahead‘.
In December 2012 it was revealed that Amey intended to fell 18,000 street trees in the first 5 years of the Streets Ahead contract.
“Also included in a very long list are items like replacing half of the city’s 36,000 highway trees”
In 2014 residents of Heeley started a campaign to prevent the felling of 129 mature trees to make way for a new bus lane.
In the summer of 2015, felling notices appeared on 11 mature street trees on Rustings Road, prompting the Save Our Rustlings Trees (SORT) petition. Campaigners set up a protest camp in Endcliffe Park opposite Rustlings Road, in order to protect the threatened trees and raise awareness of the campaign.
That summer also saw he first active resistance against the fellings, when residents of Wayland Road blocked their road and offered tea and cake to contractors who had come to fell 8 trees on the street.
By September 2015, a number of local groups had sprung up across the city, including Crookes, Dore, Greenhill and Nether Edge. In addition Sheffield Tree Action Groups (STAG) was formed to act as an umbrella organisation and coordinate the city wide campaign.
Timeline of events
The image below shows some of the main events in the campaign so far. We are currently compiling a more complete history of the campaign, which we hope to make available shortly.