Some of the trees at the centre of a controversial felling programme in Sheffield have been given a temporary reprieve as work is to be undertaken to see if the 12 Sheffield trees can be saved.
The authority says it is part of ‘essential maintenance.’ But now experts will dig out the roots of twelve trees to see if they can be saved. They will publish a report once their condition is known.
The works will be carried out by a specialist and the findings will be analysed by an independent expert and Sheffield Council highway engineers.
Councillor Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for environment, said: “If we can use practicable and affordable alternative solutions to retain trees, then we will look to do that.
“The council is committed to listening to the views of residents and the Independent Tree Panel and this is why, following advice from the panel, we have decided to carry out further investigations on these 12 trees.
“One of the trees that’s included in this process is an oak tree situated on Vernon Road which campaigners say is of significance to the city. We have more than four million trees across the city and since August 2012 the Council has planted a further 55,700 and created 17 new woodlands.
We are as passionate about maintaining them as the rest of the city. This is why we have made a commitment, through Streets Ahead to offer better maintenance and replacement.”
Seven of the twelve are on Chatsworth Road, two are on Devonshire Drive, and one each on Ashfurlong Close, King Ecgbert Road and Vernon Road.
Once investigations have taken place, the council’s decision which will be published on www.sheffield.gov.uk/treepanel