Alleged illegal tree felling investigation report - Sheffield’s Streets Ahead programme

An investigation report by the Forestry Commission into alleged illegal felling of street trees by Sheffield City Council.

Applies to England



Having reviewed the evidence, the Forestry Commission has concluded that, on balance, there is insufficient evidence to say that an offence of felling without a felling licence has been committed by Sheffield City Council (SCC) and its contractor, Amey. However, the Forestry Commission has identified a number of lessons to be learnt regarding the Streets Ahead programme, which it urges SCC and other local authorities to note and reflect in future operations.

The Forestry Commission has also published an operations note on highway tree management to provide an updated good practice guide for highway tree management.

Published 19 July 2019