Rare Sheffield tree set for axe to be ‘reassessed’

Protesters gather in force to complain about the planned feling of an Elm tree at Chelsea Road
Protesters gather in force to complain about the planned feling of an Elm tree at Chelsea Road
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A rare elm tree set for the axe will be ‘reassessed’ after a public protest- Sheffield Council has confirmed.

Around 100 people rallied by the tree at the junction of Chelsea Road and Union Road in Nether Edge on Saturday in a bid to save it from felling.

The tree is due to be replaced as part of Sheffield Council’s controversial Streets Ahead contract with Amey, as chiefs say it is damaging the pavement.

But residents have highlighted the tree is one of only hundreds left of its kind in the UK, as it is aged between 150 and 200 years old and survived a wave of Dutch elm disease which claimed 20 million trees in the 1970s.

It is also said to be home to a colony of White Letter Hairstreak butterflies.

Residents have been asked for their views as part of a survey, but some said the rare elm tree was not detailed on it.

A council spokesman said: “Details of the elm tree on Chelsea Road have been included in the survey sent to residents and this is listed as adjacent to 111 on Union Road.

“The tree is currently being reassessed and we can confirm it will not be removed until we have the results of resident’s consultation and the reassessment.”

Residents across the city have fought felling and complained about the surveys, which can trigger a review of felling by an independent panel if more than 50 per cent of respondents have concerns.

The council said it was ‘aware’ of problems and there had been ‘technical issues’ which meant residents who asked for a paper copy had not received one.

New copies have been sent out and the deadline for completion extended to this Friday, January 8.