Tree felling prosecution

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A PILLING man has been ordered to stump up £1,570 after cutting down three protected trees on private land in Preesall.

Phillip Charles Lambert, 52, of Head Dyke Lane pleaded guilty to breaching a tree preservation order on grounds next to The Fernhill, Park Lane, Preesall.

The two beech trees and a lime tree were believed to be around 60 years old, when Mr Lambert was contracted to cut them down in May.

The group of trees were all protected by orders with planning permission required to remove them.

Wyre Borough Council launched an investigation into the felling of the trees and Mr Lambert was brought before Fleetwood Magistrates Court on November 29. He was fined £350 per tree, £505 costs and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

It is the first successful prosecution of its kind by the council.

Coun Lynne Bowen, Cabinet member with responsibility for tree preservation at Wyre Council said: “This is an excellent result for the council in relation to the unauthorised destruction of three protected trees.

“Tree preservation orders are put in place to protect trees from deliberate damage and destruction and because they are considered to be a valuable visual public amenity. ‘‘

Mr Lambert said the felling was carried out because one tree overhung the highway and the other two were for sight lines to the entrance to the former Fernhill pub. The trees have since been replaced by the landowners.

Coun Bowen added: “We take the management of our urban forests very seriously and will prosecute anyone who does not obtain the required permission for work in this field.”