A report into dealing with Sheffield’s tree-felling protests says the city council left a police force “in the eye of the storm”.
Sheffield City Council had appeared to step back from public engagement as the row was at its peak, the report said.
The report, compiled for South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), is on the disputed 25-year, £2.2bn tree-felling contract.
The council welcomed the report as a chance “to reflect and learn lessons”.
Councillor Lewis Dagnall, said the council was “reconsidering” how to proceed with tree-replacement work.