Environmental campaigners are urging council chiefs to finally prune woodland in a Sheffield park – after it is believed a tramp moved into the undergrowth.
The Friends of Concord Park and Woolley Wood say evidence has been found of people living in the dense woodland in Concord Park, Shiregreen.
Maureen Shipley, a member of the Friends, said: “There has been evidence of a person sleeping rough in the trees, which is a particular issue of concern in terms of public safety. We have spent almost six years trying to get the trees thinned, but to no avail so far.”
Mildred Morgan, a fellow member of the group, added: “We are concerned about thickly-planted blocks of trees within the park.
“These plantations should be thinned so that park users can see into them and walk among the trees, which would increase safety.
“With the nearby picnic areas, this would fit in with the council’s stated intention to encourage outdoor play.”
Mrs Morgan said that if children wander into the woods to play while families picnic, they are ‘quickly out of sight’.
She added that the Friends are also unhappy about dense planting alongside the Trans Pennine Trail where it runs next to Concord Golf Course.She said this is ‘very intimidating’.
Mrs Morgan said: “We keep getting assurances that dense areas of woodland will be thinned but very little is done.”
David Hargate, Sheffield Council’s head of parks, said: “We have been in touch with the friends group to identify their particular issues of concern.
“Our team has investigated the comment about people sleeping rough in the park, but we only found evidence of a child’s den and some litter, which has now been cleared.
“The debris was removed from a wooded shelter belt which was planted some time ago and is now due for thinning later this year.”