Reprimand for tenant who chopped park hedgerow

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officials have reprimanded a council tenant who chopped back a hedge adjoining a Sheffield park without permission.

Totley residents complained to Sheffield Council over the ‘devastation’ at Green Oak Park in the suburb.

Avril Critchley, a member of the Friends of Green Oak Park and former chair of Totley Residents’ Association, said: “The boundary hedge next to houses on Aldham Road has been chopped.

“It dates back to 1875 and is an important part of the park.”

Paul Billington, Sheffield Council’s director of culture and environment, said: “Our officers have visited the tenant of the house on Aldam Road and advised him that the hedge should not have been cut back so severely.

“We have requested that he allows the hedge to grow back to its original height to form the established border between the houses and the park.

“We will be monitoring the situation.”