Published: 27th Nov 2017

The felling of thousands of mature, healthy trees in Sheffield is an opportunity lost for a broader conversation about their value, says Steve Frazer. A war of attrition between Sheffield Council and protesters created from the controversial Streets Ahead programme has included the felling of around 5,000 street trees to achieve road improvements. Headlines like ‘Sheffield’s Street Tree Massacre’ have brought stories of dawn felling, pensioner and councillor arrests, and high-level celebrity, political and expert condemnation to national attention. Streets Ahead is a £2bn public-private initiative between Sheffield Council and Amey, tasked with improving and maintaining the quality of the city’s roads from 2012 for 25 years. It sets out to upgrade and maintain all adopted roads and has been actively promoted by the council for the functional and environmental benefits that it will bring. After moving to Sheffield in 2012, I was keen to know how the objectives of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)