Resources

This page contains various resources that you may find useful:

  • To inform you (or your neighbours) about the campaign
  • To help protect trees from felling
  • To protect your home from the side effects of tree felling.

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Bats Roosting

In Britain all bat species and their roosts are legally protected by both domestic and international legislation (inc Wildlife & Countryside Act of 1981 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010). This makes it illegal to fell a tree that contains a bat roosting place, even if bats are not currently occupying the roost.

If you have evidence that bats are roosting, or have ever roosted, in any of the threatened trees:

  • Email the Streets Ahead team indicating the exact location of the tree. Or telephone them on 0114 2734567.
  • Inform us via our contact page, so we can inform any contractors who may attempt to fell the tree.

The following is a brief information sheet which details the laws which apply to work being carried out on such trees and the protection they afford bats (and birds!).

nests-roosts-info.pdf

The notice below can attached to the tree to make others aware of the roost. Children or artist adults might like to colour it in first!

bat-roost-do-not-disturb-poster.pdf

If you witness work being carried out on a tree which contains a bat roost, even if you suspect it currently unoccupied please telephone Wildlife Crime Officer, Acting Sergeant, Matthew Duffy on 07584113614


Birds Nesting

All birds nests are protected by the Wildlife & Countryside Act of 1981. This makes it illegal to fell a tree that contains nesting birds.

If you have evidence of birds nesting in any of the threatened trees:

  • Email the Streets Ahead team indicating the exact location of the tree. Or telephone them on 0114 2734567.
  • Inform us via our contact page, so we can inform any contractors who may attempt to fell the tree.

The following is a brief information sheet which details the laws which apply to work being carried out on such trees and the protection they afford birds (and bats!).

nests-roosts-info.pdf

The notice below can attached to the tree to make others aware of the nest. Children or artist adults might like to colour it in first!

nesting-birds-do-not-disturb.pdf

If you witness work being carried out on a tree which contains nesting birds, please telephone Wildlife Crime Officer, Acting Sergeant, Matthew Duffy on 07584113614


Ground Heave

Does the council plan to remove a big tree within 10-20 meters of your property? This may cause problems for you.

Big trees soak up a lot of rain water over a large area. When they are felled the ground becomes much wetter and swells in size leading to what is known as “Ground Heave”

  • The wetter ground can lead to nearby cellars becoming increasingly damp.
  • The newly swollen ground can damage property. A Meersbrook resident discovered that their cellar floor was cracking after a big tree was removed from outside their house.
  • Insurance companies charge a £1000 excess for claims for Ground Heave and some kinds of damage are not covered at all.
  • Once a claim for Ground Heave has been made, insurance companies treat properties as high risk and may impose extra conditions and charges.

The situation is different for each house/location, please seek advice. And for more information please see the leaflet below.

ground-heave-leaflet.pdf


Lawful Peaceful Protest (A Guide To)

the-injuncton-crib-sheet-v4.pdf

In the interests of Lawful Peaceful Protest (LPP), the document above defines the terms of the injunction and explains a) What you can and cannot do, and b) What Amey, their contractors or Sheffield Council can and cannot do.

For example, it is unlawful for protesters to enter a “safety zone”. However a “safety zone” cannot include private property*. Nor it is lawful for contractors to prevent pedestrian access to private property.

* without the owner/occupiers permission.

The following document can be handed to Amey, or their contractors, in the event that you or any other protesters are denied access to private property.

notice-to-contractors.pdf

Please keep copies of both these documents with you to consult and hand to others.

Lets make sure that Amey and the council keep to the law. If you witness any breaches of these laws, please record (film/photograph) evidence and report the offence to the Police as soon as possible, by telephoning 101.


Myth Busting (Stop the spin!)

Read the leaflet below to find out the facts behind some of the council’s statements concerning the felling of so many of Sheffield’s street trees.

stop-the-spin-flyer-a4.pdf


Oversailing

Under English law a landowner owns the airspace above their land (unless it has been expressly excluded from the lease or transfer to them) and it is therefore trespass for anyone to intrude into this airspace without express permission.

Below is an example letter suitable for sending to Amey to inform them that you do not give your permission to oversail your property.

oversail-letter-to-amey.pdf

The following documents may be printed out and presented to any Amey worker or their sub-contractors who may be planning to fell a healthy tree that over hangs any part of your property.

notice-to-contractors1.pdf
(Legal warning about oversailing)

oversail-partial-felling-warning.pdf 
(Legal warning about partial felling)

This poster can be printed out and displayed in your front window or garden to inform Amey and their contractors, that you do not give your permission to oversail your property.

no-oversailing-poster1.pdf


Trees Risk Management

The following document was produced by the National Tree Safety Group to provide guidance for owners, managers and advisers, on trees and public safety in the UK.

Common sense risk management of trees


Tree Patrol Routes

The following routes are designed to help supporters patrol the Nether Edge area. Clicking “load directions”, should open the routes up in your Google Maps app (Android / iPhone).

  • Got a few minutes to spare? Pick a route and help us lookout for felling crews.
  • Why not try and incorporate one of these routes into your daily commute to and from work?
Route 1: The Abbeydale Loop [Load Directions]
 
Route 2: The Brincliffe Loop [Load Directions]
Route 3: The Carterknowle Squiggle [Load Directions]
Route 4: The Kenwood Squiggle [Load Directions]
Route 5: The Psalter Loop [Load directions]
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