Tree protestors’ show of force outside Sheffield Town Hall

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.
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.

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

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

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. Kate Needham, Doncaster Green Party

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

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. 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. Osker Aidyn King age 4