Sheffield tree protesters end Town Hall sit-in during early hours

Tree protesters at Sheffield Town Hall yesterday
Tree protesters at Sheffield Town Hall yesterday

A group of campaigners who occupied Sheffeld Town Hall in protest at the city's controversial tree felling programme wound up their sit-in during the early hours.

They left the council chamber at around 1.30am.

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A group of around 20 protesters stormed the chamber at the end of a three-and-a-half hour meeting and demanded to see the £2 billion road improvement contract drawn up by Amey and Sheffield City Council council, which has led to the felling of trees across the city.

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Arborists are felling and replacing trees deemed dangerous, dead, diseased, dying or those which are said to be damaging streets and pavements.

The scheme has led to a number of protests at tree felling sites, leading to stand-offs between both sides.

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A number of protesters have breached safety cordons put in place around trees for felling work to be carried out, despite a court injunction making it illegal for campaigners to enter the zones.