'Furious' residents slam plans to axe WWI memorial trees in Sheffield

Residents on a Sheffield street claim to be '˜furious' over plans to axe mature trees planted to honour fallen WW1 soldiers.

Wednesday, 23rd November 2016, 11:52 am
Updated Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 09:27 am
Trees on Western Road were planted in April 1918 to honour soldiers from Westways School, in Crookes, who died in WW1.

This week Sheffield Council announced plans to fell the trees on Western Road, in Crookes, as part of the Streets Ahead road improvement scheme with Amey.

Following the announcement, residents have slammed the decision to axe the ‘much loved’ trees.

Residents are 'furious' at plans to axe trees plated to honour fallen soldiers from WW1.

Robin Ridley, Crookes and Western Road coordinator for the STAG campaign, said: “There are a lot of shocked and unhappy people – we a re furious and genuinely upset to lose these much loved trees.”

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He said 96 trees were planted in April 1918, of which 60 remain. Robin beleieves the ‘vast majority’ will be axed. to honour WWI soldiers who died in battle. There are currently 60 trees on the street.

A spokesman for Sheffield City Council said: “We understand that that people feel strongly about the trees on Western Road. Unfortunately trees do not live forever. However, we do plan to work to sensitively ensure that this avenue of trees will continue to remain in place.

“Where tree removal is the only reasonably practicable option, we will look to use replacement planting to retain the identity of this street.

Residents are 'furious' at plans to axe trees plated to honour fallen soldiers from WW1.

“The council has been called out to deal with numerous safety defects with this specific tree in recent years, including a large branch shearing out of the tree that fell onto the pavement.

“We still await the outcome of the resident surveys and any recommendations from the Independent Tree Panel for consideration, as well as continuing to review the condition of this tree. We will continue to do this in the coming months before a decision is made about whether the tree can be safely retained longer-term.”