Save Sheffield trees campaign in London's High Court today

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.

Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, 4:50 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, 9:53 am
Trees under threat of destruction by Sheffield City Council in the streets of Greenhill which local residents are protesting against Dave Dillner stands with some of the trees they feel should be saved

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.

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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.”