Barrell criticises Sheffield's "shocking" street tree policy on TV's the One Show

Barrell Tree Consultancy managing director Jeremy Barrell attacked Sheffield's street tree removal programme on Wednesday's edition of the One Show on BBC1.

Barrell (right) explains his views to Kershaw - image:BBC
Barrell (right) explains his views to Kershaw - image:BBC

Interviewed by presenter and veteran DJ Andy Kershaw while inspecting felled and soon-to-be-felled trees in the city, Jeremy Barrell said: "From a health and safety point of view they are fine - none of them need to come out.

"This is contrary to government guidance and guidance from the Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation - it's a shocking affair that we have to make sure doesn't happen anywhere else in the country."

Defending the policy, the council's Cabinet Member for Environment councillor Bryan Lodge said the trees "are causing damage to pavements and highways including those on Rustlings Road" - the site of a controversial night-time felling operation in November.

The report on the Rustlings Road trees, published the same morning, "suggested we look at engineering solutions, but the council doesn't have the funding available to do this sort of work", Lodge added.

The residents arrested during protests on Rustlings Road have yet to be charged.

The programme can be viewed online via the BBC's iPlayer here (from 11:50) for one month.


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