Sometimes trees have to be removed but we share information in advance

One of your readers recently raised concerns about a mature oak street tree that was removed in the Gleadless Valley (If all trees go what will happen to the peregrines?). Under our Streets Ahead contract, Amey manage our 36,000 street trees by pruning them, keeping them healthy and – as a last resort – replacing trees that are dead, dying, diseased, damaging the roads or pavements or causing an obstruction.

We have a duty to keep the roads and pavements safe.

Every tree that is removed is replaced.

Tree experts from the council and Amey spoke to the Gleadless Valley Wildlife Trust several times about the tree in advance of it being removed. Y

our reader urged others to be aware of the information given about tree work in their area and to contact the Streets Ahead team if they have any concerns.

I also encourage this and urge people to attend the local roadshows we hold before we start working in an area, to look out for the letters we send and the notices on a tree at least two week before it is removed. Our highly qualified and experienced tree experts continue to work together and with others to get the best outcome for our street trees.

We will continue to share information about our tree replacements and meet with the Gleadless Valley Wildlife Trust and others to discuss our approach and act on feedback where possible.

Coun Jack Scott

Cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene