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Sorry seems to be the hardest word! A tale of trees, and one man’s campaign to hold Sheffield City Council to account.

October 18, 2020 12:01 PM
Trees on Oxford Street

Oxford Street, Sheffield

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has asked Sheffield City Council to make a public apology to the people of the city after numerous problems were found with the way it removed street trees.

In its report issued on 14th October, the Ombudsman has found the council did not, at times, act with openness and transparency when removing trees across Sheffield, and when dealing with people's complaints about that work.

The full report can be found at

The findings have vindicated what many of us already knew, but these have only become public because of the pursuit for truth from one man, Alan Robshaw despite the intimation he was subjected to. Tragically he died before the report was released. It's appalling that the persons who authorised the actions and then presided over them were not named.

Since this began in 2012 many column inches in local papers have been written on the saga of Sheffield's Trees, and the story has now become a national talking point.

You can read the Yorkshire Post's first reaction to the report at

Lib Dem Leader Cllr. Shaffaq Mohammed commented: " The Ombudsman's report is damning. I want to pay tribute to Alan Robshaw, who doggedly campaigned to hold this council to account. It's very clear that Council Leader Julie Dore is not saying anything about this. It is time for the leadership to take responsibility.".