Landlord fined for "poor" surgery to listed oak trees

A West Sussex landlord has been fined £3,000 after having unauthorised work carried out on three mature oak trees listed with tree preservation orders (TPOs) at one of his properties.

Image: Sharon Mollerus
Image: Sharon Mollerus

Shabbir Ahmad pleaded guilty to causing or permitting the lopping of the trees on Wednesday 1 October. In addition to the fine, he was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120, and a further£1,000 towards prosecution costs.

The work, which Ahmad had instructed contractors to carry out at his property in a residential area of Crawley, was "carried out so poorly that there is a chance that the trees may not survive", Crawley Borough Council said in its account of the case.

It urged residents to enquire whether a tree is subject to a TPO before undertaking any work, which they can do for free via its website.

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