STAG, Sheffield Tree Action Groups represents 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 and to help with legal costs for campaign supporters who are prosecuted or subject to other legal actions.
This current appeal is to help pay the punitive costs of £29,500 imposed on three defendants, Fran Grace, Simon Crump and Benoit Compin, prosecuted by Sheffield City Council recently for breaching their injunction against street tree protectors. The case was bought despite the recent pause in fellings and claims that SCC are seeking a 'compromise' with tree campaigners.
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.