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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We tried all channels open to us to get a dialogue going with Sheffield City Council to little avail. As a last resort, Dave Dillner took legal action against Sheffield City Council. The case went to the High Court London in March. And to appeal in July. The appeal was dismissed, and costs of £15 000 have been awarded to SCC and Amey, despite this being an Aarhus case. Dave and all of us who were in support of his case were deeply disappointed, but the case has won a reprieve for many trees, and shone a light on SCC and Amey handling of Sheffield’s mature street trees. Concerned residents are not going away, and continue to hold SCC and Amey accountable. The fight to save Sheffield’s mature highway trees will continue by other means. Several people have been in touch to ask how they can donate to any shortfall that there is. The crowdfunding has now been re-opened in order to allow those who wish to, to make a contribution to the shortfall.

We need to raise an additional £2,000 to cover the costs awarded – We thank you wholeheartedly for these contributions, as with all the others you have made. Pledge now

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 words is unnecessary, when they could easily be saved by alternative engineering solutions, and resisted by a large number of Sheffield residents. Many thanks for your continued support. 

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