The new Sheffield Street Tree Strategy was created in 2020, and includes a new process that allows residents and community groups to fund the purchase additional street trees. In autumn 2020, Paul Selby (NESST Chairperson) walked each and every one of the 340 streets in the NESST geographic area, and identified 3680 potential additional locations for street trees, on these streets.
During 2021 and 2022, Paul worked with local residents and other community groups to raise over £79,000 through a variety of funding sources, to fund the planting of 133 street trees. Importantly, 70% of these are on roads without any current street trees, and spread the street tree canopy cover outside of traditional “leafy Nether Edge.”
You can see the 133 locations on the map below, with green coloured trees. The different colours denote different funding sources.
All this means that, in just two years, the number of street trees in the NESST area has increased by 6%, the first increase in over 40 years, after years of inexorable decline.
But we want to plant even more street trees! Depending on specific circumstances we may even be able to subsidise half the cost of the new tree. (The full cost being around £780 per tree into tarmac and £460 per tree into a grass verge).
If you are interested please contact NESST at firstname.lastname@example.org