More than 110,000 trees have been felled in three years as councils strive to save money.
Notoriously, Sheffield council’s £2billion tree-felling campaign has triggered furious protests as locals claim perfectly healthy trees are being chopped down.
Thousands of trees in the city, assessed by the contractor Amey as dying, diseased or dangerous, have been axed.
However, figures show Sheffield is not the worst city when it comes to felling trees.
An investigation found the city has felled 3,529 – about 10 per cent of its street tree population – in three years.
It is exceeded by Newcastle, where 8,414 trees have been felled, and Edinburgh, with 4,435.
In mixed urban and rural areas, the top tree-cutting councils are Wiltshire, with 4,778, Kent, with 3,623, and Basingstoke and Deane, with 3,579.
Experts and campaigners say some councils are trying to save money by chopping down large-canopy trees, often in urban settings, which can be expensive to maintain.
Trees such as oak, lime, sycamore, horse chestnut and ash are targets as their roots can spread along pavements and damage buildings and roads.
A total of 113,792 trees were felled by councils since 2015, according to figures obtained by The Sunday Times.
The number equates to about 67 hectares – more than 90 football pitches or a sixth Sherwood Forest.
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