I arrived in Sheffield 45 years ago when the city was emerging from post industrial smog to reveal the beautiful tapestry of colour that weaves the city’s profile today.
Surrounded by the wonderful shades of the Peak District and a centre threaded with strands of trees, shrubs and flower- rich grassland Sheffield is recognised as one of the greenest cities in the UK.
We are privileged to share our surroundings with other inhabitants of the natural world, including peregrine falcons which have bred in the heart of the city.
So why am I worried?
Despite attempts to contact Amey and the City council in order to discuss the future of a mature oak in the Gleadless Valley, the tree was felled and stump ground before any proper consultation could take place.
The Gleadless Valley Wildlife Trust made efforts to discuss possible alternatives that could have saved the tree by management work but were presented with a ‘fait accompli’.
Following this event I attended two meetings called over concerns about the 25-year PFI management plan to be carried out by Amey. The plan involves managing trees, shrubs and grass verges.
I urge everyone to be vigilant and read proposals for their areas very carefully, especially notices on trees.
If all the shrubs and small trees in the city centre are taken out, where will the small birds go and will we still be able to boast of peregrine falcons in the heart of the city?