VIDEO: Sheffield residents to have their say on future of trees and woodlands

By Katherine Bett and Katy Sandalls

Members of the public are being invited to share their views about the future of Sheffield’s trees and woodlands.

The consultation, which began on 3o September, will continue for two months as part of Sheffield City Council’s Draft Trees and Woodlands Strategy.

Residents are invited to read the draft strategy and complete a survey about the plans online.

The survey asks how people benefit from using Sheffield’s parks and whether these spaces have improved in the last year.

Councillor Mary Lea said: “It’s really important that we manage our trees and woodlands well.

“These woodlands are going to be around for a long time”.

Sheffield Council currently manages around two million trees in the local area, about four trees for every person who lives there.

This means that Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in Europe with around 180 woodlands.

Part of the strategy is to treat diseased trees that have grown up in Sheffield’s wooded areas.

Woodland and Countryside Manager Jerry Gunton said: “We need to manage the trees to minimise risk to users of the pathways”.

After the consultation closes on 1 December, all feedback gathered by the survey will be looked at ready for plans to commence in 2017.