The man responsible for stopping the axe on city trees is at London’s High Court today – as the ‘Save Sheffield Tress’ case is heard.
Heeley tree campaigner Dave Dilner was granted a High Court interim injunction in February, preventing Sheffield Council and its contractor Amey felling trees for three months.
Sheffield City Council, the defendant, and Amey, the interested party, who signed a £2.2billion contract with the city, are strongly contesting the case.
Ahead of the hearing, campaigners have reopened the crowdfunding campaign in order to raise £10,000 to cover further legal fees.
Campaigners raised more than £7,500 in less than 24 hours to fund the initial legal bid – hitting headlines across the country with the show of people power.
Louise Wilcockson, from Save Our Rustlings Trees, said: “The Council and its contractor Amey have instructed a senior barrister and have lodged huge quantities of documentation - it is plain that we have a fight on our hands but there is a huge disparity of resources.
The firm Richard Buxton Environmental & Public Law and barrister Charles Streeten have stepped up to the plate and are making it possible for us to fight back by agreeing to work on a part conditional fee arrangement. We are re-opening the crowd funding so that we can try to cover their fees.”