THEY were planted to create a welcoming pedestrian boulevard between Sheffield’s railway station and the city centre...
But only six years after trees were planted as part of a revamp of Howard Street, the centre of the route is fenced off so workers can move in with chainsaws to remove the trees – which are dead or dying.
Simon Ogden, Sheffield Council’s head of city regeneration, said: “This appears to be a result of a number of factors, including road-salt damage, repeated dog damage to the bark, and vandalism.
“Efforts have been made over the last three years to mitigate the salt damage, but these were unfortunately unsuccessful.
“Given the prominence of this avenue as an arrival point for the city we felt it was important to replace them in the current growing season.”
He added new trees, due to arrive in the next few days, will be a type of maple – the acer campestre Elsrijk variety – more tolerant of salty situations than the old Hornbeams.
“The new trees will be four to five metres tall, a little smaller than the original species, and will be wrapped to prevent dog damage.”
The work to replace the trees is being carried out by the council and contractors but funded by Sheffield Hallam University as part of regeneration of streets around its city centre campus.
Mark Swales, director of estates and facilities at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “The works are to be completed by September.”