'Soldiers' to march through Sheffield in support of war memorial trees

War memorial trees in Western Road.
War memorial trees in Western Road.
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Nine 'soldiers' will march through Sheffield this weekend to raise awareness of the city's war memorial trees.

Volunteers will represent each of the nine trees due for felling under the council's Streets Ahead programme in Oxford Street and Tay Street, Crookesmoor.

Three will begin their march at the railway station at 9.45am on Sunday, to be joined by six others as they pass through the Peace Gardens at about 10am and head to Weston Park for 10.40am.

The nine will meet at the corner of Crookes Valley Road and Oxford Street for a two-minute silence at 11am. They will then become a 'living museum' in Oxford Street and Tay Street from 11am to midday.

Organiser Graham Turnbull said: "One hundred years ago local residents paid to have these trees planted to remember the boys from their neighbourhood who went off to fight for King and country and never came back.

"One hundred years on Sheffield Council wants to fell these trees, which constitute a war memorial."

Streets Ahead contractors explore the roots of trees in Western Road.

Streets Ahead contractors explore the roots of trees in Western Road.