The Council have now formally invited the campaign to begin initial talks and the invitation has been accepted. The first meeting, independently chaired by, we believe, the Bishop of Sheffield, seems to be about agreeing how later discussions will be conducted. There remains a degree of scepticism from campaigners. It appears that proposals for the remaining listed trees and for the future come from Amey and the Council who have not consulted more widely with outside experts or indeed with the Campaign which now has quite a level of expertise itself! Given the lack of consultation in constructing the plan, this is clearly a cause for concern. But the pause continues and we are so much further forward from where we were in early March. This is due to all of you and the wider Campaign! We don't know of course what the proposals will be so pressure is still of the utmost importance.
Road resurfacing. There's a lot of local dissatisfaction with the quality of the road resurfacing in Totley. It's front page news in the Totley Independent. We seem to be getting a much lower quality on some roads with only a surface skim of tarmac. Also, dates are not adhered to and in the meantime people are struggling to find parking spaces elsewhere. You can complain via firstname.lastname@example.org
Drought. Please continue to water the new saplings if you can.
Fundraising for court costs There are still HUGE punitive court costs for tree campaigners to find. There is a Crowdfunder for this at:
but also many campaigners are finding creative ways to raise money. Could you? Some of these from the Nether Edge group are at present:
Coach Trip to Yorkshire Arboretum. This is a day long trip, from 9am to 5pm on Thursday 20th September. Tickets cost £28 and all interested should contact Gina Pierce at email@example.com - Tickets have sold well so far, so if you're keen, please contact Gina asap to ensure you get a seat on the bus!
Film showing of the documentary film called Seed. 7.30pm on Thursday 23rd August at Kenwood Hall. So please save the date. Trailer here: https://vimeo.com/169932441 More details soon.
Other people are auctioning art (including a signed copy of The Lost Words by Robert McFarlane ad Jackie Morris) selling stuff at craft fairs, all sorts. There is an auction site somewhere on Facebook. I will post the link when I have it. Please do what you can.
Other exciting news:
Sheffield Street Tree Festival, Saturday 29th September. Wow! More details at lovely new website http://sheffieldstreettreefestival.wordpress.com More on this will be sent out separately. This has been organised by our very own Margaret Peart, Sue Unwin and Joanna Dobson. It looks splendid with speakers, songs, celebrations, presentations and tree walks all in and around the lovely Merlin Theatre in Nether Edge. Please come! Also, if you are willing to volunteer to help on the day in any way email Margaret Peart at firstname.lastname@example.org
Social meet-up. We had a lovely social meet up a few weeks ago at the Cricket on Penny Lane. Another one is proposed for Thurs 30th August at 7.30pm.