‘Waste timber’ from the controversial contract to maintain Sheffield’s highway trees is to be sold to support a community group that works with disadvantaged people.
Heeley City Farm, in partnership with Amey, which carries out highways works for Sheffield Council, has added firewood to its locally-sourced products on sale in its garden centre and shop.
The firewood, which can be bought by the public for use on open fires or garden chimeneas, is described as ‘waste timber’, from the work Amey carries out whilst maintaining the city’s trees.
Campaigners around the city have protested against the felling of trees as part of the Streets Ahead contract in a long-running controversy.
Any profit the farm makes from selling wood will go back into the farm and its facilities.
John Le Corney, chief executive, said: “We hope this enterprise will generate a new source of income for Heeley City Farm - to fill gaps in our budget, such as paying our monthly animal feed bill - and lead to more co-operation and joint ventures.”