CAMPAIGN: Send in your tree photos

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A Sheffield campaign group has appealed for people to send them photographs of their favourite trees in the city.

Nether Edge Tree Campaign group - a branch of Sheffield Tree Action Groups - plans to use the images to create an exhibition to document the heritage of Sheffield’s street trees, many of which face felling under Sheffield Council’s controversial tree felling programme.

“We are at risk of losing many of our healthy, mature trees and some of our iconic avenues will be decimated, thus changing the nature of our beautiful suburbs,” said campaigner Anne Barr.

“We want to create an archive to donate to the city of Sheffield to showcase our beautiful street trees and we need the public’s help. We want them to send in photos of their favourite streets trees. We welcome photos of people interacting with trees, before and after felling shots, historic photos or just beautiful tree shots. We will be displaying all photos submitted in one form or another and want photos from all areas of Sheffield.”

The ‘In Celebration Of Trees’ exhibition will go on display at Bank Street Arts on January 6 2017 for one week.

Fierce debate has raged over the felling of Sheffield’s highway trees since the introduction of the scheme in 2012. Campaigners from STAG launched an appeal and injunction in a bid to halt the Street Ahead scheme that has seen more than 3,000 trees replaced since 2012, but the latest appeal was rejected over the summer.

Anne added: “Lots of residents are trying to save their trees by filling in their surveys and ensuring their trees go before the Independent Tree Panel, which will hopefully recommend that their trees be reprieved. However, alarmingly, Amey and SCC are for the most part ignoring these recommendations.”

Send your photos, with a few words, to incelebrationoftrees@gmail.com before November 30.