Picture perfect protest to save trees from axe

Martin Hinchcliffe busy on his painting
Martin Hinchcliffe busy on his painting
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Creative campaigners took to a Sheffield suburb to sketch trees that are due to be felled.

The ‘flash mob sketch crawl’ in leafy Nether Edge was led by children’s author Lynne Chapman and around 50 sketchers from across Yorkshire and Derbyshire took part.

Sketch crawl enthusiasts busy drawing trees on Thornsett Road

Sketch crawl enthusiasts busy drawing trees on Thornsett Road

Their drawings focused on one tree outside the Bridge Club on Thornsett Road, which is due to be felled next week as part of Sheffield Council’s Streets Ahead contract.

Four trees on the road are to be taken down but notices informing residents were initially placed on the wrong trees – which contractor Amey later apologised for.

“This kind of error does nothing to improve the confidence of local residents, many of whom are totally disenfranchised with the way that Streets Ahead have gone about their programme to date,” said campaigner Carly Mountain.

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition – one of many campaigns in the city opposing controversial tree felling – in under a month.

Campaigners want a pause on work while a formal tree strategy is developed and for detailed, balanced assessments to take place.

Streets Ahead says of the four trees, one is decaying after it was hit by a car, another has a large cavity, one is dying due to deadwood and the one outside the Bridge Club is damaging the road.

But protesters say that does not mean the trees’ structural integrity is compromised and they want proof of assessments to show there is no other alternative. to felling.