Fareham brings successful prosecution over felled protected trees

A householder who removed 24 trees protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) has been fined £25,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 in costs plus £300 in court surcharge.

Image: Elliott Brown (CC BY 2.0)
Image: Elliott Brown (CC BY 2.0)

Fareham Borough Council brought the prosecution against Simon Woodhams of Sarisbury Green.

Its officers had discussed the management of his trees and development of his house with Woodhams in 2015. The council then granted him permission to crown-lift seven trees, reduce 17, coppice one and fell 36.

But officers later discovered that 24 additional trees had been removed from the site, in breach of a site TPO.

Chairman of the council's planning committee Cllr Nick Walker said: "This prosecution sends out a clear message that violating a Tree Preservation Order has serious legal consequences.

"Council officers had worked with Mr Woodhams to allow him to carry out some works to the trees but his actions far exceeded that."

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