A woman has been fined £15,000, ordered to pay £1,260.50 court costs and a £120 victim surcharge for illegally feeling trees in a bid to increase the value of her home. Marilyn Barnes wanted to sell her Lake District home quickly, but for the best possible price. Her home in Arnside, Cumbria, was lacking a desired view of an estuary and the Lakeland Fells so she had 27 trees that were in the way chopped down; allowing her to raise the asking price of her four-bedroomed semi-detached house by £26,000.
She has been found guilty of breaching a tree preservation order after cutting down trees that included ash, hazel, sycamore, beech and willow. The trees were protected by the High Knott Tree Preservation Order, administered by South Lakeland District Council. The sneaky felling was initially spotted by the council and after further investigations they found a local pig farmer had actually been the one to cut down the trees despite him having no tree surgeon or forestry qualifications.
Being a tree surgeon Stockport, we’re obviously not impressed with this kind of thing. Tree felling should only be done by professional tree surgeons, like us, and only done when there is an absolute necessity. We have worked with councils, organisations and private landowners for the past 21 years working with trees and forests throughout the North West.
As a tree surgeon Stockport, the future health and safety of trees in the environment is always at the forefront of our business. The correct course of arboreal management should always be chosen on the basis of this and that’s what we always ensure we do. Unfortunately, those poor trees were cut down for no real reason and by someone who was wholly inexperienced and incompetent for the job – so who knows what affect it’s had.