Arboricultural Association Statement
The Council have a legal responsibility to remove trees which are in a seriously diseased or dangerous condition. The removal of trees which are not dangerous but are merely seen to be “damaging” (to the pavement or nearby walls) or “discriminatory” (causing alleged obstruction to people with visual or physical impairments) has to be questioned. We would hope that all alternatives to removal would have been fully considered and explained to all stakeholders before any action was taken.
Furthermore, we reiterate the importance of councils, local authorities and anyone with trees under their stewardship to strive for and advocate the sustainable management of trees, as well as highlighting the need for clear lines of communication and collaboration between all relevant parties before such crucial decisions are made.
Independant Tree Panel Reports
Further Coverage - The Guardian
Sheffield Tree Action Groups