It would cost £26 million to save all the trees in Sheffield due to be axed, Sheffield Council chiefs claimed today.
Thousands of trees have already been axed and almost 2,000 more are due to be felled – and each one would cost between £1,000 and £100,000 to save.
Council leader Julie Dore said Amey’s Streets Ahead project was about ‘protection, not destruction’ and added: “Without the Streets Ahead programme, dying or dangerous trees would not be replaced.”
But tree campaigners accused the council of ‘emotional blackmail’ and misleading the public.
Louise Wilcockson said the council was wrong to claim it is protecting trees for future generations – and is stuck in a ‘limiting’ contract with Amey.
She said: “The council should be negotiating with Amey and trying to save healthy trees.”