At the end of April I was dismayed to find that Amey had attached notices to 12 of the beautiful, mature healthy lime trees which line Rustlings Road where I am a resident, announcing that the trees would be felled in two weeks’ time: no consultation, no opportunity for discussion.
More than 2,000 trees in Sheffield have already been felled by Amey.
Although they have a policy of replanting with young trees as replacements, the aftercare needed to ensure their survival is costly and time-consuming.
There is evidence to show that, where Amey has replaced trees in Sheffield, this vital aftercare has not taken place and that trees are dying.
Our heritage of green spaces and mature street trees in Sheffield is unique.
Not only do these trees add their beauty to our immediate environment, they provide multiple benefits to the environmental health of the city: for example, helping to clean the air, lower air temperature and provide a haven and food source for wildlife.
The felling of mature trees should only be carried out as a last resort if trees are diseased or dangerous.
The reason given for the felling of Rustlings Road trees is damage to pavements.
The roots of some trees have caused slight raising of the pavement surface though this is not uniform and insufficient to cause a danger to pavement users.
There are other measures which can be taken to curtail tree root damage which are much less drastic than felling.
Our pavements are uneven in several places and much of this has been caused by work carried out by a variety of agencies over a period of years.
There is growing expression of widespread dissatisfaction with Ameys’ tree felling work throughout the city on blogs and websites.
Does our opinion not count?
Can Amey on behalf of Sheffield council do what it wants without reference to public opinion?
I hope not.