Sheffield Council was “heavily involved” with a police operation that saw dozens of officers sent out to support the authority’s controversial tree-felling work and resulted in multiple arrests – but worked to publicly downplay its involvement over fears it would “politicise” the force’s actions, newly-published internal emails reveal.
Sheffield Tree Action Group have launched a crowdfunding project to raise money for the costs of campaigners going to court over tree felling.
So far they have raised nearly £2,500 in four days.
The campaigners were demonstrating against the felling of thousands of trees across the city which comes under a controversial 25-year contract with PFI contractor Amey.
Chris Rust, who set up the project, said their target is £29,000 and any extra money raised will be spent on planting trees.