Sheffield’s ‘green city’ reputation is under threat from a tree-felling scheme, a community has warned.
Residents of Ranmoor are campaigning to save the trees which face the chop as part of a city council programme.
They have complained that no consultation was carried out prior to red crosses appearing on some of the oldest trunks which line their streets, many of which locals say are perfectly healthy.
Kevin Pullan, of Stratford Road, believes the felling of seemingly healthy trees in Ranmoor is just the tip of the iceberg in a city-wide programme designed to minimise maintenance.
Mr Pullan said: “I live in a conservation area. These trees have been around a lot longer than me.
“The council seems to be keeping it quiet until it is too late to do anything about it.
“I’m not a tree-hugger. I am a property developer, but if I wanted to chop down a tree I’d have to get planning permission.”
The council claims trees chopped down are being replaced with new species - but not necessarily in the same location.
Mr Pullan added: “The replacements could take 50 years to grow back to that size. Sheffield has a reputation as a city of trees and this is damaging it.”
Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “We do not remove trees that are in a healthy condition, we remove trees only that are dead, dying, diseased, damaging the roads or pavements or are dangerous.
“We are aware that trees can be a very sensitive issue for many people across the city and we are working hard to ensure the public are aware of why we have to remove a tree and what we are doing to better maintain the trees that we have.
“Replacing them with healthy trees will ensure Sheffield has a healthy tree stock for the future.”