STAG, Sheffield Tree Action Groups represents the local action groups across the city seeking to protect healthy street trees from unnecessary felling. The STAG Legal Fund exists to support legal actions by campaign supporters, to help with legal costs for campaign supporters who are prosecuted or subject to other legal actions.
This current appeal is a response to the new court cases brought by Sheffield City Council, which may lead to heavy court costs being imposed on individual campaigners, and also the costs of commissioning a Barrister's Opinion on the opportunity for a Judicial review of the the case for SCC rescinding the Streets Ahead PFI Contract, and possible costs to follow on from that if the cases comes to court.
The legal fund is administered by Chris Rust & Rebecca Hammond, members of STAG Steering Group, who will consult with the STAG Steering Group about any expenditure.
The funds are held by the Nether Edge Tree Fund, a separate organisation set up to manage a bank account and hold funds on behalf of Tree Campaign Groups and ensure that funds are spent according to their aims.
Any surplus funds not needed for legal costs will be used for tree planting, preferably for planting street trees in Sheffield.