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Charity 'offers to pay for work' to save historic Sheffield tree from being chopped down

The Vernon Oak is around 150 years old. Credit: ITV News

A charity has offered campaigners a lifeline in their bid to save a 150-year-old oak tree from being felled in Sheffield.

The Vernon Oak in Dore was due to be cut down this week but now the Trees for Cities charity has offered to pay for engineering works.

The planned felling is part of Sheffield City Council's Streets Ahead highways scheme. It prompted a campaigner to climb the tree in protest earlier this week.

The chief executive of Trees for Cities has revealed it has made a formal offer to the council to pay for work to save the tree.

Around 5,500 trees deemed "dangerous, dead, diseased, dying, damaging or discriminatory" have been earmarked for felling.

Campaigners dispute the claims that the trees are dangerous and have been staging protests over the scheme over several months.