Treegate – the story so far

The Sheffield Treegate saga has had more twists and turns than a Hollywood blockbuster. To help you figure it out and to get to the root of the issue, we decided to do a timeline…

Treegate Timeline

2006 – Sheffield City Council carry out an independent survey that concluded 75% of trees in the city were mature or over mature while only 5% were young trees.

2009 – Sheffield City Council given the green light to let a 25 year highways contract in order to improve roads and trees in the area. Part of the funding was allocated to allow Sheffield City Council to improve roadside trees.

2012 – A second independent tree survey was carried out. The survey identified trees that were:

  • Dangerous
  • Dead
  • Dying
  • Diseased

The survey informed Sheffield City Council, that 1000 street trees out of 36,000 were classed in one of these four categories but 6,300 trees needed maintenance.

A sign asking to save Sheffield trees.
A sign asking to save Sheffield trees.

2012 – Amey are given a 25 year contract to start improving Sheffield’s roads. The  program called ‘Streets Ahead’ is one of the UK’s largest local government highway partnerships.

September 2012 – Amey begins work on the ‘Streets Ahead’ program in Shiregreen.

July 2014 – A 450 year old Melbourne Oak is felled in Stockbridge after being deemed to be diseased. This felling sparked outrage from local protesters.

September 2014 – Dave Dillner and other local residents in Heeley begin a campaign to stop the felling of 129 mature trees in Heeley. The trees were to be felled to make way for a new bus lane.

June 2015 – Amey urges residents not to block the felling of Sheffield trees after claiming that the public are put at risk by blocking the procedures.

August 2015 – Sheffield Council announce plans for the Heeley bus lane are shelved until further notice.

October 2015 – Amey reveal that 2000 trees have been cut down since the scheme was launched in 2012. Sheffield Council announce that 50.000 new trees have been planted.

October 2015 – Sheffield Council refuse freedom of information requests from residents about the trees, stating that their requests were considered “vexatious”.

A mural at Sheffield art show 20 to 20.
A mural at Sheffield art show 20 to 20.

November 2015 – Sheffield Council set up an independent tree panel to oversee the removal of trees in Sheffield following complaints from local residents.

February 2016 – Tree campaigners win an injunction against Sheffield City Council to stop tree felling’s for three months.

April 2016 – A High Court judge dismissed a bid for a judicial review into Sheffield City Council’s tree felling program.  Mr Justice Gillbart said the claim brought forward by Mr Dillner was “in truth devoid of merit.”

June 2016 – Police officers were called to a street in Sheffield where protesters gathered in a bid to stop trees being felled. Contractors tasked with felling the trees on Bannerdale Road, South Yorkshire Police when they were unable to reach a tree due to be felled first thing this morning.

October 2016 – A secret meeting between the council, the contractors and the Police took place in which the Police said “They would provide operational support during the tree felling.”

November 2nd 2016 – Simon Crump and Calvin Payne arrested on Marden Road after attempting to stop the felling of a tree.

November 17th 2016 – Police arrest three people on Rustlings Road for blocking tree felling after trees began to be cut down at 5am.

November 26th 2016 – A Endcliffe Park rally is held to protest the felling of trees.

A protester outside Sheffield Magistrates Court.
A protester outside Sheffield Magistrates Court.

December 1st 2016 – 150 people have staged a demonstration in support of two men charged in relation to a protest against tree felling in Sheffield.

December 1st 2016 – Simon Crump and Calvin Payne appear in Sheffield Magistrates Court. They were charged under Section 241 of the Trade Union and Labour (Consolidation) Act 1992, for preventing the tree-fellers from performing their job. Both men denied the charge.

December 7th 2016 – At a heated council meeting, Councillor Julie Dore ignores calls to resign over the 5am tree felling operation on November 17th.

March 9th 2017 – Simon Crump and Calvin Payne’s trial.