Vernon Kay's rallying cry to save namesake Sheffield oak tree

Vernon Kay joins campaign to save Sheffield trees from the chop Credit: @vernonkay

Vernon Kay has joined a growing band of well-known personalities in the fight to save trees in Sheffield from being felled.

The television star made the call on social media to save the 'Vernon' oak tree which is just one of hundreds earmarked by the council to be cut down.

He said his namesake tree was 'probably more than 100 years old' and had 'witnessed the evolution of Sheffield', adding 'we need trees, everyone knows that come on lets raise awareness.'

Protests over tree felling in Sheffield are continuing Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Environment secretary, Michael Gove, has also intervened in the long-running campaign to save the trees alongside The labour MP for Sheffield Hallam Jared O'Mara.

The oak tree is set to be felled next week as part of the council's tree replacement programme. The authority says the tree is causing severe damage to the road.