Man fined £112k for felling trees

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A MAN has given a £112,197 fine af­ter felling around 200 trees with­out a li­cence.

Keith Evans, 63, of Black­wood, ad­mit­ted to felling the trees, with his two sons, with­out a li­cence.

Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales (NRW) dis­cov­ered the re­mains of the an­cient beech trees on land at Pen y Fan farm in Black­wood.

They were cov­er­ing an area of 200m cubed. The legal limit of trees al­lowed to be felled by a landowner in one cal­en­dar quar­ter is 5m cubed.

NRW be­gan an in­ves­ti­ga­tion which found that no felling li­cence was in place to re­move the trees.

The trees in ques­tion were very ma­ture and pro­vided a valu­able habi­tat for wildlife and be­cause of this a li­cence would never have been con­sented to re­move the trees in the area.

Mr Smith was pre­vi­ously a ten­ant on the land at Pen y Fan farm but claims that he was ap­proached by a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of one of the cur­rent ten­ants to fell the trees for a sum of £5,000.

Tim Jones, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales said: “Trees are in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant for the en­vi­ron­ment and wildlife, as part of the land­scape and for our own health and well­be­ing.

“Felling li­cences are part of the sys­tem we have in place so we can man­age our trees and wood­lands ef­fec­tively, pro­tect­ing them and mak­ing sure they con­tinue and ben­e­fit us all now and into the fu­ture.”

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