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    Campaigners fight to save rare elm tree

    Campaigners fighting to save a rare elm tree claim road repairs originally costing up to £100,000, could be carried out for as little as £3,500.

    Sheffield City Council is in the midst of implementing a controversial felling programme throughout the city, and this is not the first time they have been met with resistance.

    Members of Sheffield Tree Action Group, or Stag, asked an independent civil engineer to come up with solutions to repair the highway around the 150-year-old tree in Chelsea Road, Nether Edge.

    But the matter has been referred to an independent tree panel for consideration after protests from campaigners.

    Stag’s engineer came up with three schemes for highways repairs around the tree that would mean it did not need to be cut down. The group gave the maximum potential cost for the highways work – not including road closures, utilities and other factors – as £3,500.

    Campaigner Paul Selby said: “I urge Sheffield Council to work with me to implement one of these value-for-money solutions that will save this precious tree.”

    The council’s cabinet member for the environment Coun Bryan Lodge said the tree had been referred to the tree panel, adding: “Until we have received their advice we will not be making any final decisions.”

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