However, with the news that Sheffield has been officially recognised as a Tree City of the World has proven vindication for all those residents who risked their liberty to prevent the city’s streets being desecrated.
Sheffield was given the designation thanks to the new strategy put in place following a long-running dispute about the felling of thousands of trees.
The award represents a genuine example of people power in the face of adversity. Many people were arrested trying to protect healthy trees being cut down. Others faced intimidation.
Now, Sheffield has been recognised internationally for its street trees, one of only 180 worldwide. Their bravery was not in vain.