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Sheffield War Memorial Trees Saved From The Axe

The trees were planted to mark the First World War sacrifice of men who went to the primary school which is still open on the street.

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Sheffield City Council said removing the trees would save £500,000 (Image: SWNS).

War memorial trees which were under threat as part of Sheffield's controversial street tree felling programme will now be saved, according to campaigners.

The trees were planted in Western Road, in the Crookes area of the city, to mark the First World War sacrifice of men who went to the primary school which is still open on the street.

Of the 97 trees originally planted on the street, 53 remain and, of these, at least 23 were earmarked for removal as part of a road maintenance programme.

These plans are now on hold as Sheffield Council and campaigners engage in talks.

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Campaigners, led by artist Dan Llywelyn Hall, say the council has indicated that the remaining trees will be saved.

Sheffield Council is expected to make an announcement about the trees later on Tuesday.

Llywelyn Hall, who has coordinated a two-year campaign over the memorial trees, including a major art event, said:

"Finally, our message has struck a cord with a faltering council hell-bent on the biggest street tree destruction in post-war Britain.

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Descendants of a fallen First World War soldier joined the fight to save the trees (Image: SWNS)

"There would have been nothing short of a riot if they'd have moved in to take the Armistice Trees."

In December last year, the council responded to the outcry over the felling plans in the street by putting forward a proposal for special "engineering solutions" which will cost £310,000 in Western Road and a total of £500,000 for memorial trees city-wide.

But these were rejected by the councillors.

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