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Streets Ahead is a £2billion city-wide highways maintenance contract being delivered by Amey to improve Sheffield’s roads, pavements, street lights, verges, street trees, bridges and other ‘street scene’ furniture.

Many people contacted us and others took to the streets to protest about the Streets Ahead programme.  They were extremely concerned about the amount of mature street tree felling taking place in Sheffield and its impact on wildlife, health and other environmental benefits that urban trees provide.

Following a series of mediation talks, in December 2018 Sheffield City Council announced a new joint position statement with Amey and Sheffield Tree Action Groups steering group (STAG SG) regarding the management of the city’s street trees. Many trees previously at threat of felling have since been agreed to be retained, with engineering work to pavements and roads now being carried out.

We called for all parties to work together to develop a new Partnership Sheffield Street Tree Strategy to ensure our street trees are positively managed for many years to come.  We were pleased that this was agreed in summer 2019.  Our Chief Executive, Liz Ballard, was appointed to chair the group and we have been working hard to bring parties together and reach a consensus on a future strategy.

The Working Strategy was released on 11th March 2020.

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The Issue

Streets Ahead is a £2billion city-wide highways maintenance contract being delivered by Amey to improve Sheffield’s roads, pavements, street lights, verges, street trees, bridges and other ‘street scene’ furniture.

As part of the Streets Ahead contract, Amey’s Tree Team are tasked by Sheffield City Council with managing the 36,000 trees on the road network across the city.

During the first five years of the Streets Ahead contract, around 5,500 trees have been felled on a ‘remove and replace one for one’ basis.

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Our Position

We have asked Sheffield City Council and Amey to work together with us, local partners and communities, using mediation if necessary, to develop and deliver an agreed, 20-year partnership Street Tree Strategy for Sheffield.

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What we have done and will do

We have helped to coordinate a draft Street Tree Working Strategy, developed by Sheffield City Council and Amey with Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, local partners and communities from across the city. The strategy aims to deliver an agreed, partnership approach to the maintenance of Sheffield’s street trees over the next 20 years.

What you can do

Help us to continue our work campaigning for street trees and on other issues like this by joining us or making a donation to our Campaigning Fund.

Contact your Councillor and ask them to support our proposal to develop and deliver an agreed, 20-year partnership Street Tree Strategy for Sheffield (see Our Position for more details).

Ultimately, it is the Council’s decision to remove street trees. Every tree removal will be approved by the Council and so your local Councillor is key.

If you value your street trees, tell Sheffield City Council! There is a view that most people contact the Council to complain about trees and ask for more rather than fewer trees to be removed. If you value your local street trees, making your local Councillor aware is a good way to demonstrate this.