Green City Heritage CIC

Sheffield has a long history of protest, campaigning and ‘quiet activism’. It continues to be part of the City’s identity today. Over the last 5 years, much of this activism has been focused on the City’s street trees.

The inspiration for GCH came from the involvement, reaction and engagement the Sheffield street tree campaign garnered. Our initial concern was the protection and collection of the efforts and outputs of the campaigners, however these concerns were shared by many and a range of individuals and groups began protecting the stories through oral histories, exhibitions and festivals, to name just a few.

These important efforts and outcomes have proven incredibly powerful during the campaigning but they also represented a resource that is at risk of becoming disparate over time and perhaps lost or forgotten. GCH began to present an opportunity to unify the campaign’s material culture and protect the history of the events – all of which are part of Sheffield’s heritage.