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STAG stands for Sheffield Tree Action Groups. STAG operates as an umbrella group to represent all tree groups throughout Sheffield. Its purpose is to lead a city-wide campaign to encourage the local authority to adopt a responsible, sustainable approach to management of the city-wide tree population – the urban forest.
STAG also exists to persuade Sheffield City Council to have a moratorium on all tree planting and felling operations that do not include works to trees that represent, by reason of their condition, a likely, immediate and reasonably foreseeable danger of serious, harm or damage in the near future: “a risk of such immediacy and consequence that urgent action is required” (NTSG, 2011, p. 52). STAG would like such a moratorium to be in place until an adequate tree strategy has been commissioned, draughted in accordance with current arboricultural good practice advice, guidance and recommendations, and until it has been completed, adopted as Council policy, and is ready for implementation. STAG believe that it is necessary that the tree strategy include a sub-strategy specifically for highway trees.
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Work to save Sheffield’s mature trees continues. Current actions are stepping up Non-Violent Direct Action, which has had success in saving some trees, and ramping up the media aspect we recently had a feature on BBC documentary “Who’s spending Britains Millions?” and our Chelsea Road Elm has been shortlisted for the The Woodland Trusts Tree Of The Year. The latest raft of survey letters to residents of streets where trees have been targeted for felling has been sent out, and local groups are working hard to raise awareness of the importance of participating in the survey process, and getting trees referred to the Independent Tree Panel. We remain committed to trying to make Sheffield City Council see that the felling of mature trees to make way for roadside works is unnecessary, when they could easily be saved by alternative engineering specifications. Many thanks for your continued support.
Get Involved
  • Join your local Tree Group:

1. Main STAG Facebook Group here
2. Save Crookes, Weston Road & Walkley Tree here
3. Save Gleadless Valley Trees here
4. Save Ecclesall Road Trees here
5. Save Rivelin Valley Road, Hillsborough & Wadsley Trees here
6. Save Netheredge Trees here
7. Save Dore, Totley & Bradway Trees here
8. Save the Trees of Firth Park here
9. Save the Trees of Millhouses Please here
10. Save the Burngreave and Pitsmoor Trees here
11. Save Norfolk Park Trees here
12. Save the Trees in Greenhill here

  • Raise Awareness – Use the info on this site (incl. a great presentation here , leaflets and of course the latest STAG Blog here) to encourage people in your area to take an interest and to also dispel a lot of the Council myths!
  • Consider putting up bird (see here) and bat boxes (see here) to encourage wildlife – boxes in use are legally protected from being disturbed.
  • Help put up and maintain yellow ribbons – to help Sheffield residents visualise exactly how many trees are under threat in the area.
  • Keep an eye open for felling crews and their vehicles (Chipping Machine, Cherry Picker) – more info here.
  • Sign Petitions:

1. SORT here
2. Save Netheredge Trees here
3. Save Eccleshall Trees here
4. Save the Norfolk Park 11 here NEW
5. Save the Millhouses trees here NEW

  • Attend upcoming Events:

1. Wed 26th July – Injunction Hearing

 

  • Check-out Trees at Risk Map:

See which trees are at risk of being chopped. This is manually updated, so please let us know if any are missingSheffield Trees at Risk Map

Save Sheffield Trees – Merchandise!
Tea Towels T-shirts Mugs
Badges / Car-Stickers Hoodies Bags
Thanks

Thank you to all of you who generously donated to our crowdfunding. The money has created our STAG T-Shirts, leaflets and other promo for the campaign and of course Legal support!

Social Media – Check-out the latest STAG actvity on Twitter (#SaveSheffTrees), Facebook, You-Tube and Instagram!

14 hours ago

Rebecca Atkinpie

Very soon we'll be questioning why we removed 6000 mature trees in Sheffield.



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We're too late to stop global warming with renewables. We need to do something much more drastic, say scientists

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Coking plants were always dirty places, I know, I worked at two of them. I would rather be burning British produced coal , coke, gas and electricity than President Putin's gas products billed to me by EU companies.

Corporate policy generated by profit-driven algorithms manifesting locally (Sheffield), and internationally (the global warming hoax).

WE keep saying 6,000 like it's going to stop at the end of this year. July 1st, 2015 Council minutes reveal that the contract allows for up to 18,000 to be felled.

We're already asking the question! And

its too late, were destined for global warming hell

"Drax spokesman...technology...blah blah blah..."

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11 hours ago

Amy Lewis

It's crunch time!!!!! Legal costs are mounting and if we hope to defend our position in court next week we all need to dig that little bit deeper.

Take a moment to consider how much the trees in Sheffield mean to you, as much as a pint of beer at your local or that chippy tea you were planning for this evening?

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Sheffielders and those from further afield but there are many of you out there who still haven't donated.

If you're wondering how you can help save OUR trees, now is the time to put your hand in your pocket.

Go to the Crowdfunder page:

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sheffield-street-strees-legal-fund

or visit one of the shops in Nether Edge (WickWire, Cafe 9, Zeds, Birdhouse Tea or Sainsbury's) where we have these rather cute collection pots. Dig down behind the sofa cushions, ask your kids if they would be prepared to part with a few pounds from their piggybank to help secure the trees for their future. At this point every penny counts.

Thanks so much to everyone who has already donated and all future donors
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Its crunch time!!!!!  Legal costs are mounting and if we hope to defend our position in court next week we all need to dig that little bit deeper.  

Take a moment to consider how much the trees in Sheffield mean to you, as much as a pint of beer at your local or that chippy tea you were planning for this evening?  

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Sheffielders and those from further afield but there are many of you out there who still havent donated.  

If youre wondering how you can help save OUR trees, now is the time to put your hand in your pocket.  

Go to the Crowdfunder page:

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sheffield-street-strees-legal-fund 

or visit one of the shops in Nether Edge (WickWire, Cafe 9, Zeds, Birdhouse Tea or Sainsburys) where we have these rather cute collection pots.  Dig down behind the sofa cushions, ask your kids if they would be prepared to part with a few pounds from their piggybank to help secure the trees for their future.  At this point every penny counts.  

Thanks so much to everyone who has already donated and all future donors

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Can't work out how to share this with the other tree groups, if anyone can share to them it would be appreciated, thanks

I've shared it Gleadless Valley group.

And Eccy Rd

I don't so anything financial online.I gave a contribution to Chris at the elm event. We have supporters who don't do things online.would shops who helped with dalrs in the past act as collection points?

Sales..mugs etc,

See list of shops with collection tins in NE in main post

How often will the pots be emptied? Just had a generous donation in Wickwire and I'm conscious that it's not chained up like my other charity tins..

Can the money that was collected for the newspaper add be donated to the legal fund. I donated a substantial sum to that appeal and nothing seems to have happened since. Apologies, if the newspaper advert was published and i missed it.

Good point, Moray.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if all the Facebook followers would give a quid each, it's not even the price of a cuppa, that would be nigh on £7000....... If you can folks, do! It's our city's future we are talking about here...

Anyone thinking of doing an auction? I have no wish to hi jack this thread by saying what, but it could raise just a few quid? Shall I pm someone or is this too much distraction?

I'm in tears here. You lovely people x

Can you bring one in ORA? Also I still have badges here to sell! And will have the prints! Anything else feel free to use ORA. At least close to ecc rd. it seams like the shops are all close to nether edge?

Is there somewhere to take cash..I was going to raid my old whiskey jar to check I haven't got any old one pound coins etc.

Greetings cards? Not too early for Christmas cards even. Packs of ten with Lynne Chapman 's designs maybe?

Done

We could have a collection pot on our pizza stall. Where can we get one from?

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2 hours ago

David Glass

I am no expert but can anyone see any H&S issues here. The branches fell partly into an adjacent garden wall and garden and they had opened the barriers up to make room for it. The Arb team seemed to think it was funny and were chuckling with their heads down for some time afterwards. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sweeet Baby Jeebuzz, surely that's got to be a 'Soft Fell' situation??? Any Arbs care to elaborate on that...it seems to me lopping a full Crown off like that has got to be wrong!!! 😡I've shown this vid to my OH who did Garden Maintenance for 10 years with his Dad's company in the Fenlands (he's not a Native Sheffielder), he said they always Soft Felled as it's the only way to guarantee where the branches will go)...he's not an Arb and never proclaimed to be, but even he's shocked at that 🤔

Rebecca Hammond

They should be soft felling....

...he's just had another watch and said that in his view...on a private garden fell he wouldn't have any qualms, but to undertake it over a road, neighbours gardens and walls would just be asking for trouble.

To be honest this is pretty standard tree surgery although I understand they've been told to lower the branches down, so they should really be doing that.

I agree, there is a decent tying in point further in the crown that could have been used to get into a decent work position.. allowing the crown to be dismantled in a safer way. If this was in an open space scenario, then the methods used in this video would have been fine.

Whoever did the work should have first obtained permission from the householder to drop the top into their garden. Also, they should have made 100% sure that nobody would exit the doorway of that property during the period in which the top might be falling. My guess is that they must have followed these basic procedures. If they did not, they should be in deep trouble.

This is why we need a method statement and a risk assessment they are taking risks from them that the public can see. If they are taking risks with other people and their property we need to be able to see when they are stepping outside their agreed method. I think if they taking risks that effect the public then the public have a RIGHT to see these things. Every time I have asked for a method statement or a risk assessment they have refused to show me anything.

There was an alley that they dropped it across I saw them let a woman into it from Crawford Road. A witten risk assesment would cover this alley and the risks associated with it. This is why we should have a right to see them.

Wait watch again. It took a big wire out.

Never mind. It's their own line.

You're all getting bogged down in details. Obviously, if the contractors do act negligently in any way, please come down on them like a ton of bricks. But the thing to focus on is the needless destruction of healthy mature trees (I don't live in Sheffield and so I am taking it on trust that many of the trees scheduled for felling are in fact in conditions that would warrant retention, rather than felling). What was wrong with that tree? Anything? If so, were its' defects of sufficient severity to warrant felling, as opposed to less drastic action such as crown thinning/reduction? If felling was not justifiable, and if similar applies to other trees in Sheffield, please gather proof, and show it to a court (and anyone else who will listen)!

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43 minutes ago

Rob McBride

Hope from some construction corporations? I will keep an eye on this but it looks pretty good to me at the mo. Comments appreciated...Telford Shropshire 18th July 2017. ... See MoreSee Less

Hope from some construction corporations? I will keep an eye on this but it looks pretty good to me at the mo. Comments appreciated...Telford Shropshire 18th July 2017.

8 hours ago

Russell Johnson

Crawford Road this afternoon. The wanton destruction continues... ... See MoreSee Less

Crawford Road this afternoon.  The wanton destruction continues...

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I'm just so upset.

Can I ask why are they leaving them like this ? Is it to prove a point ?

No, it's different equoipment for the trunks. They do them after the canopy has gone, maybe tomorrow, maybe in a few days.

We have to find a way to stop the madness!

This was what they left of the Ash tree.

But these are all still threatened (all bar one silver birch I think - and one with a nest)

😥😢😡

Two treesare to be retained on Crawford Road - o/s 45/47 and o/s 129a, as per SCC final decision. In addition to two trees on that road that were not due to be felled anyway. Those might be the two you mentioned, Sarah.

How did you get SCC to change decision?

Thanks Celia.

Yes, there's another tree at the bottom on the right that's very small and had no notice on it. I'm guessing this is the other not due anyway.

We didn't, Sue. After the Independent Tree Panel reports back, Amey and SCC take their final decisions. They mostly overide the ITP where it has recommended to retain a tree with one of the engineering solutions that are already in the contract. But SCC never override Amey's wishes. And, as I''ve been scrutinising the decisions, I 've realised that when Amey recommend to retain a tree, it always says "temporarily retain tree", so even the SCC decision isn't final.

You can see all the decisions here. Scroll down to Independent Tree Panel, click the down arrow, and then select Council Decision on Tree Replacements.

they are hellbent on getting our trees

all I can say is ffs! sorry but that's it!

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1 hour ago

Helen Shipley

You may also want to contribute.....
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What's your favorite thing about bringing up children here?
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You may also want to contribute.....
https://www.facebook.com/oursheff/posts/1771595632865543:0

3 hours ago

Chris Rust

Thanks again and again for so many people making such generous payments, the crowdfunder is going up like a thermometer in a heatwave and lots of people are donating bigger sums direct too. Every penny helps, especially as the shortfall is being met by people who are risking their life savings so anything we can do to reduce that risk is important. ... See MoreSee Less

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I've been moved to tears today by the generosity people have shown. Thanks so much for this you lovely people x

I've hitbon the idea of blackmailing friends and colleagues. Unfortunately I have limited sordid information (apparently a basic requisite for blackmail) and the net from this source thus far is a tenner.

You got in this tricky mess for all of us, and our trees xx

It is Simon. We are all doing what we can. Some of us are stuck in offices of some sort or have other engagements and commitments and are frustrated of not being single to step the barriers with you all. So we do what we can from where we are...including tormenting customers 🤗

I hope I can also come and man some barriers soon too.

Chris Rust add the link to the post. Can't have it up there too often!!!!

Excellent news. What wonderful support.

I would be standing under the trees if i could, but with three small kids and working three days a week, I don't really have the opportunity. I can give money though.

Can the original pledge be changed or is it better to just add a top-up?

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2 days ago

Simon Crump

The Eight Did Great today thanks to our amazing legal team which was funded by you lot.
Major respect to our QC John Cooper, who is a star.
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The Eight Did Great today thanks to our amazing legal team which was funded by you lot.
Major respect to our QC John Cooper,  who is a star.

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Thanks

Excellent. You are all in so many people's thoughts all wishing well to you.

The Great Eight! x

You lot are just fab. THANK YOU 🌳

Sheffield Eight - standing tall. Good people always win through.

We should plant a tree for all of you.

Respect!

Well done and much respect

Please continue to support the legal fund, as it's going to be much needed. www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sheffield-street-strees-legal-fund

Thankyou for saving our trees and what a waste of time and money scc.

You're all wonderful.

I hate to beg... But we need more money to fund our case. www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sheffield-street-strees-legal-fund

Our heroes!

Well done . You are all very brave 🌳🍃🌱🍀

Well done 👌🏼😘🇬🇧🇪🇺

I presume the council had legal costs and that they were paid for by the council...i.e. us...including the eight? Therefore if costs are awarded to the eight they pay either way (via council tax albeit a smaller sum) . Very unfair.

Thank you one and all

This is far from being over. Please see here for an update and a link to the legal fund m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=328683577589538&id=234745883649975

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