Poppies to remember fallen on Sheffield war tree set for the axe

Poppies have been displayed on a tree on Western Road, Crookes.'The tree was planted in memory of World War One soldiers
Poppies have been displayed on a tree on Western Road, Crookes.'The tree was planted in memory of World War One soldiers

Remembrance poppies pinned to a Sheffield tree planted in memory of World War One soldiers were mysteriously removed shortly afterwards.

A sign reading ‘Live on, to the memory of the fallen and the future of the living’ was also installed on the tree on Western Road in Crookes this week.

Poppies have been displayed on a tree on Western Road, Crookes.'The tree was planted in memory of World War One soldiers

Poppies have been displayed on a tree on Western Road, Crookes.'The tree was planted in memory of World War One soldiers

Trees on the leafy street were planted in memory of former Westways School pupils to honour those who died.

But just two days later the poppies and notes were taken down.

Robin Ridley, a resident who is fighting to stop the tree from being felled, said: “Some of the neighbours have said they were a bit upset that the poppies were removed - there were about 20 put on.

“I think it has been done probably by someone who has got a grudge against the tree.”

Poppies have been displayed on a tree on Western Road, Crookes.'The tree was planted in memory of World War One soldiers

Poppies have been displayed on a tree on Western Road, Crookes.'The tree was planted in memory of World War One soldiers

The tree was due to be felled earlier in October, and Streets Ahead claimed it was a ‘health and safety risk’ and was decayed.

But an independent arboriculturalist who carried out an assessment, paid for by Mr Ridley, found the London Plane was in ‘reasonable health’ and its removal could not be justified.

Streets Ahead then claimed that there was a ‘structural fault’ and the tree would still need to be replaced during the planting season, which begins this month and runs until March. A spokesman could not confirm when the tree would be taken down.

The independent report also said that the tree had been planted around 100 years ago and could live for another 40 years.