A rally is to be held outside Sheffield City Hall next Saturday (7th April). The event, organised by Dave Dillner founder of STAG, will commence with a march around town before finishing back at the City Hall for speeches.
Speakers will include experts in arboricultural, environmental and ecological matters, as well as people from the world of entertainment, including Sheffield’s very own Jarvis Cocker.
Event: Get Off My Tree
Date: Saturday 7th April
Location: Sheffield City Hall (Outside)
With the council announcing a pause in felling, and the elections coming up (coincidence?), this is a great opportunity to show the council that you oppose the felling of our healthy street trees. In addition, let’s show the world that despite the violence and intimidatory tactics being used against protesters, we remain a peaceful campaign.
Sheffield Council has once again paused the tree felling program after yet more criticism.
Secretary of State, Michael Gove has again condemned the councils actions as “environmental vandalism”, saying that he will do “anything required” to help end the felling.
In recent weeks more and more Labour MPs have called for the council to sit down and talk to campaigners. Now Sue Hayman, the Labour Shadow Environment Secretary, has offered to mediate, reportedly with the support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
For further details click here.
The Chelsea Elm was safely pruned yesterday after an agreement was reached between the Save Nether Edge Trees group, Sheffield Council and Amey.
Many protesters were fearful that Amey would ignore the agreed plans, despite the presence of an independent arborist that had been specially employed for the occasion by Save Nether Edge Trees.
“I just want to say a huge thanks to all who respected the pruning work on the elm today. I understand how nervous people were, how much trust you had to put in Amey, SCC and even me! A shed load of it in fact. But it was a successful day in the end after a really tough week.
So many people contributed, too many to thank individually. But from the bottom of my heart thank you all. The butterfly colony is virtually untouched and the tree should almost certainly be okay too”
Paul Selby, Save Nether Edge Trees
On the day, it was decided that less branches needed to be removed than was previously thought necessary.
Tellingly, the pruning was carried out by Amey’s own arborists rather than Acorn, who Amey, the external company they have previously relied upon to fell contested trees.
Let’s hope that Amey’s willingness to cooperate is a sign of things to come.
An agreement has been reached between the Save Nether Edge Trees group, Sheffield Council and Amey with regard to the “pressing safety work” to be carried out on the Chelsea Elm.
Although the campaign has always agreed that some pruning of the rare disease resistant elm was required for safety reasons. Campaigners have previously prevented work being carried out on the tree due to concerns over the extent of the work the council was proposing, and the effect it may have on the rare species of White Letter Hairstreak Butterfly that have made their home in its branches.
It has been agreed that Amey contractors will:
Remove a single branch/limb identified in an independent report as imminently dangerous.
Remove a smaller branch which is encroaching into the carriageway.
Thin the canopy (top and sides) by between 2 and 2.5 metres.
All work will be under the observation of an independent arborist, employed by Save Nether Edge Trees.
The long term future of the tree is still being discussed, but after the pruning, there should be no imminent threat of felling. And the tree will continue to be being monitored as part of the butterfly mitigation plan.
Peaceful Pruning Observation Event
The work is due to be carried out on Friday 23rd February. Time to be confirmed.
We would like people to peacefully observe the pruning from outside the safety barriers, ensuring the pruning and safety work is unhindered.
For more information see here.
Also See: Council To “Prune” The Chelsea Elm
A new petition has been launched calling for the rescission of the ‘streets ahead’ PFI contract between Sheffield Council and Amey.
The aim is to get more than 5000 signatures within the next 3 weeks, so it is debated at the next ‘Full Council Meeting’.
Previous petitions, all of which have been declined by the Council, have called for the suspension, renegotiation or termination of the contract. However, no petition has been raised calling for rescission of the contract in accordance with the Misrepresentation Act 1967.
In addition to rescinding the contract, the Misrepresentation Act would also allow the council to sue Amey for costs and damages incurred during delivery of the contract, due to the serious misrepresentations made when bidding for it. This would effectively nullify the Council’s argument that it would cost ‘millions’ to remove itself from the contract.
Please sign the petition and distribute it widely.
Sheffield Council have announced that they intend to “carry out pressing safety work” on the Chelsea Elm next week.
The council announced its decision to fell the tree in June last year, despite expert advice saying that it could easily be saved. A petition to save the elm, which came 2nd in the national “Tree Of The Year” competition 2016, garnered over 3000 signatures.
The tree, which is a rare surviving example of a disease resistant elm, is also home to an even rarer species of White Letter Hairstreak Butterfly. And there are grave concerns that the councils plans to transplant the colony may ultimately wipe them out.
Read the press release by Paul Selby, prominent tree campaigner and butterfly enthusiast.
PRESS RELEASE – UNNECESSARY FELLING OF RARE ELM TREE Feb 2018
Sheffield Council have announced today that the felling will be paused for a couple of days, “for a safety review”.
This follows Monday’s visit to the Meersbrook Park Road protests by Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh, who described the tree felling situation as “completely unsustainable”.
The MP was present during several apparent uses of unnecessary force by Amey’s stewards.