Treegate update: Replacement trees to be planted today on Rustlings Road, Endcliffe

Council contractors will today plant 16 new trees on Rustlings Road, Endcliffe, to replace the seven trees which were controversially felled in November 2016.

Amey will then plant a further 600 trees across the city as part of the Streets Ahead scheme.

Sheffield City Council said: “Ultimately, Rustlings Road will have more street trees than before the Streets Ahead contract commenced in 2012.”

Amey, who run the scheme, came under fire when they sent workers to pull down trees on Rustling Road at 5am on November 17th, asking police officers to knock on doors of residents whose cars were in the way.

Dr Deepa Shetty protesting on Rustlings Road today

Sheffield City Council said: “We have apologised for our approach to the tree works on Rustlings back in November 2016 and have committed to being more transparent with the people of Sheffield in the way we communicate programme information and activity.

“The street tree replacement programme is part of the wider Streets Ahead contract which presents Sheffield with a unique opportunity to bring the roads up to standard and maintain them over a 25 year period.

“Every street tree on the programme will be replaced on a one for one basis meaning that Sheffield will be able to enjoy a diverse age profile of street trees for generations to come.

“Unfortunately, in recent months, protester action against street tree replacement in Sheffield has resulted in severe delays to the Streets Ahead programme and a rising cost to the Sheffield taxpayer.”