Fury as Sheffield war heroes’ tree to be felled

Western Road at Crookes
Western Road at Crookes
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A tree planted in memory of Sheffield soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War One are to be felled.

The trees on leafy Western Road in Crookes were planted to honour former pupils of Westways Primary School who died during the conflict.

Inscription on wall of Westways School in Crookes, Sheffield

Inscription on wall of Westways School in Crookes, Sheffield

An inscription on the wall of Westways School reads: “The trees in Western Road and Gillott Street were planted in grateful appreciation of the part taken by former pupils of this school in the Great War 1914-1919.”

But now one of the trees is to be removed as part of the council’s Streets Ahead project.

One Crookes resident said: “These trees are not only part of one of the most striking tree-lined streets in Sheffield, which change gloriously through the seasons, but they are also touching tributes to the brave former pupils of Westways who gave their lives in the Great War.”

“If any of the trees do have to come down, at the very least they should be replaced by another in the exact same spot as a mark of respect.”

A Streets Ahead spokesman said: “We understand residents’ concerns that this tree is now being removed and we have worked very hard over the years, doing all we can to retain it.

“Unfortunately, following the independent inspection carried out of highways trees across the city, the tree on Western Road is having to be removed due to the extent of decay which has caused it to become a health and safety risk to the public.

“The tree will be replaced with one approximately 10 years old and three to four metres in height, as are all trees that are replaced as part of the Streets Ahead project. It will be replanted in the planting season which falls between November and March.”