Cllr Alison Teal has commented today on behalf of the Sheffield Greens, responding to concerning and troubling developments regarding the use of violence and defamation against tree campaigners. 
Alison Teal, representing Nether Edge and Sharrow, said “Sheffield Greens are deeply concerned by reports of violence against peaceful protestors by Amey staff at felling locations.
“We also regret the recent attempts by both Amey and Sheffield’s Labour Administration to defame and deride tree campaigners in the local press with unsubstantiated and untruthful claims.
“All this comes at a time when tree campaigner representatives from STAG recently renewed their efforts to engage the Council in talks a couple of weeks ago, with a view to mediation of this increasingly bitter dispute. Sheffield Green Party has consistently called for mediation.
“If the Administration is serious about finding a resolution to this crisis created by their unpopular and unnecessary tree felling programme, we suggest that they urgently look into reports of violence against city residents by their contractors, and stop smearing the tree campaign in local media.”