Sheffield council highlights new plantings in defending street tree programme

Sheffield City Council has said it will plant more than 1,200 street trees this winter as part of its controversial Streets Ahead programme.

Image: Sheffield City Council
Image: Sheffield City Council

It said the trees will replace those it has felled "because they were unhealthy, dangerous or damaging to the highway and neighbouring property, or because they are creating access issues" - a policy which continues to attract protests from residents opposed to the felling.

This is the sixth season of tree planting by the programme's main contractor Amey, and will bring the total number of replacement highway trees planted in the city to almost 6,000 since 2012.

The council said the eight- to ten-year-old container-grown trees from a range of species, up to 2.5m in height, "are carefully tended through their first season to give them the best possible start in life".

Streets Ahead arborist Dan Bright said: "We take great care when planting and tending for our new young trees, by preparing the ground well and building in a pipe to make sure the water we give them in their first season gets delivered straight to their young roots.

"The fact that only around 2% of the new trees have failed to establish in the first five years, all of which have been replaced, is testament to that hard work. Highways are a tough environment for young trees to flourish and so we are incredibly pleased with the health of our new street tree stock here in Sheffield."

The council's cabinet member for environment and street scene Councillor Bryan Lodge added: "The street trees that have been replaced are now more suitable for their environment which means that our streets can remain green with a varied age profile of trees."

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