In this piece from 24 April 2018, I give advice on how to vote in the local elections if you care about trees or democracy.
This article, published 23 March 2018 in Open Democracy, focusses on the biased policing of the tree protests, and the falsehoods that have been stated regarding the behaviour of the protestors and the hired security.
This post was written 11 March, the day after the council finally revealed that clause in the contract specifying that 17,500 trees (half of the total street trees) WILL be felled. They have spent years denying that there is any such target.
This post, from 7 March 2018, tells of the massive police presence at protests: 30 at the time, due to rise to 90. It also notes that these police are needed elsewhere: at the very time of one of these protests, a man was knifed to death in broad daylight.
This post (6 March 2018) tells the story of a 65 year old woman with MS who was roughly dealt with by bouncers at a tree protest, then had trouble getting to hospital because of all the barriers.
This post, from 28 February, tells the tale of how Sheffield responded to Beat From the East snowstorm: by gritting only one street, the one on which they wanted to fell trees. And all the other resources wasted on this effort.
This post, from later on 26 February, describes a day in the unbelievably life of a Sheffield tree protector, and the heroic unknown person who saved a tree at great cost to himself.
This post, from 26 February, describes the massive police increase in policing at tree protests, and the lies it is based on.
This post, from 24 January, draws on Health and Safety professional Richard Davis’s work. Davis has uncovered health and safety violations which seem to allow for a penalty-free termination of the contract with Amey.
This post, from 21 January 2018, discusses a serious escalation in the Sheffield trees crisis: violence used on protestors, spurious arrests, and false claims about the law.