Tree protestors' show of force outside Sheffield Town Hall

Protesters fighting to save Sheffield trees made a show of force outside Town Hall before handing another petition to the council.

Thursday, 4th February 2016, 15:05 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th February 2016, 15:14 pm
NSST TREE RALLY BEFORE DEBATE. Outside Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield Anti felling campaigners are protesting outside Sheffield Town Hall ahead of a second major debate on tree felling in the city.

Campaigners waved banners and chanted slogans before handing the petition to Sheffield Council yesterday afternoon.

This latest petition – signed by 6,500 people – is to save trees which are earmarked to be replaced in Nether Edge.

NSST TREE RALLY BEFORE DEBATE. Outside Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield Anti felling campaigners are protesting outside Sheffield Town Hall ahead of a second major debate on tree felling in the city. Kate Needham, Doncaster Green Party

Protests over the axing and replacement of highway trees as part of the council’s Streets Ahead contract with Amey have become a regular fixture in Sheffield in recent years.

In response to the protest, Coun Julie Dore, leader of the council, said: “This is a programme of protection, not destruction, and represents the largest investment there has ever been in the city’s street trees.”

Another petition, focusing on the city as a whole, has now been signed by more than 15,000 people.

NSST TREE RALLY BEFORE DEBATE. Outside Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield Anti felling campaigners are protesting outside Sheffield Town Hall ahead of a second major debate on tree felling in the city. Kurtis Crossland
NSST TREE RALLY BEFORE DEBATE. Outside Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield Anti felling campaigners are protesting outside Sheffield Town Hall ahead of a second major debate on tree felling in the city. Osker Aidyn King age 4
NSST TREE RALLY BEFORE DEBATE. Outside Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield Anti felling campaigners are protesting outside Sheffield Town Hall ahead of a second major debate on tree felling in the city. Kate Needham, Doncaster Green Party
NSST TREE RALLY BEFORE DEBATE. Outside Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield Anti felling campaigners are protesting outside Sheffield Town Hall ahead of a second major debate on tree felling in the city. Kurtis Crossland
NSST TREE RALLY BEFORE DEBATE. Outside Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield Anti felling campaigners are protesting outside Sheffield Town Hall ahead of a second major debate on tree felling in the city. Osker Aidyn King age 4