Keeping historic features for our future generations

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One often wonders whether Sheffield deserves its ‘greenest city’ reputation considering the total disregard our council has for nature, our heritage and preservation of green open spaces which serve local communities.

Over the past two years we have witnessed the wanton and needless destruction of around 2,000 of the city’s trees during the road repairs programme being carried out by council contractors Amey and no amount of new tree-planting can compensate for all the mature trees lost.

Apart from the appalling destruction of the ancient woodland site at Bowden Housteads Wood, which has had a disastrous effect on wildlife, it now appears that a concerned resident at Daleside on Riverdale Road, Endcliffe is trying to stop the felling of seven beautiful trees (Star, January 26).

We are also seeing many historic features being damaged such as a cobbled footpath in Forge Dam, Fulwood (Star, January 26) which was carelessly asphalted over recently but, thankfully, the work was stopped when residents complained.

Sadly in many cases, in spite of strong protests, historic areas are permanently destroyed such as the Victorian botanic garden which had more than 2,000 species of plants and was in the grounds of the former Tapton Hall of Residence between Taptonville Road and Crookes Road. This is now being demolished to make way for housing (Star Jan 24).

It is also shocking to see the neglect of many of Sheffield’s historic buildings and monuments that are being allowed to fall into decay and which the council will bulldoze if they get the chance like they have done with so much heritage.

Recently a friend emailed me pictures of old Sheffield which reminded me of all the beautiful buildings which have been lost thanks to our uncaring council.

Susan Richardson

Westminster Crescent, S10