November 13, 2018


Campaigners shun council ignoring tree report


Campaigners battling to save city trees have accused Sheffield Council of ‘making a mockery’ out of the independent panel Save Our Roadside Trees (SORT). The panel was established in order to assure fairness. The SORT campaign group has responded to the council’s decision to cut down trees before they were reviewed by the Independent Tree Panel, which was set-up by the council to give impartial recommendations. Campaigners have also criticised the authority for chopping down trees, despite the panel advising to save them. Last week the council’s cabinet member for environment, Coun Bryan Lodge, defended the authority’s decisions and made clear the council…

Campaigners defeated in battle for iconic tree


A giant redwood sequoia tree in Rhyddings park, is due to be chopped down. The decision was reached by councillors this week, despite more than 2,000 campaigners expressing an interest in the tree’s preservation. The Oswaldtwistle tree is to be axed as part of a £2 million redevelopment. Hopes were raised for campaigners earlier this month after a recommendation was made by councillors at a full council meeting to retain the 50ft tree. However, at a cabinet meeting this week councillors voted to remove the tree from the park. An independent arboricultural consultant had examined the tree and said it could treble in…