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By Calvin Payne & Simon Crump with Julie Stribley

Persons Unknown – The Battle for Sheffield’s Street Trees


Foreword by Nick Hayes

Introduction by Paul Brooke

Afterword by Christine King

Wrecking Ball Press is pleased to publish the story of those in Sheffield who took direct action to protect the environment and protest, peacefully, against the felling of thousands of street trees.

Publishing Persons Unknown, a well-written and brilliantly illustrated account of protest, is something that we feel is necessary and important.

The story of the protesters who defied their council, linked arms around trees and challenged plans to fell up to 17,500 trees is a fascinating insight into the power of direct action and community spirit.

Calvin Payne and Simon Crump, along with Julie Stribley, tell this tale of defiance in majestic fashion, with humour, and provide optimism and hope to those who question local authority-backed, environmentally-damaging decision making.

Additional Information

Dimensions 21 x 15 cm

Product Detail

  • Pages : 200+
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Publisher : Wrecking Ball Press
  • ISBN : 978-1903110881
  • Dimensions : 210 x 150 mm
  • Released : 29/11/2021

About The Author


Calvin Payne is a Sheffield-based Brightonian, Heritage Project Co-Ordinator, community activist and local history writer. Simon Crump is an internationally exhibited artist and has lectured in fine art and photography at various universities. His stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies and he is the author of My Elvis Blackout and Monkey’s Birthday. Twilight Time was published in 2004 and his most recent collection Neverland was published by Old Street. The book contains interviews with those who participated in the protests, transcribed by Julie Stribley, a member of STAG (Sheffield Tree Action Groups).