Warning as East Hampshire firm is fined for chopping down trees

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CHOPPING down trees without the council’s permission could cost you dearly.

That’s the message from East Hampshire District Council to arboriculturists, tree surgeons and residents after it prosecuted a firm.

The authority brought Green Frontiers Garden Care, based in Liphook, near Petersfield, to court for giving them no notice of plans to fell two Alder trees in a conservation area in Liphook.

Green Frontiers had claimed that the trees were dying and dangerous.

But, an inspection by the council’s arboricultural officers revealed that this was not the case.

The company pleaded guilty at Aldershot Magistrates’ Court to felling two trees.

It was ordered to pay a total of £1,765 in fines and court costs.

Clanfield councillor Ken Moon, who also oversees planning issues at the council, said: ‘This case should reinforce the message to contractors.

‘Respect the law and do not act recklessly or carelessly.’

Stewart Garside, aboricultural officer at East Hampshire District Council, added: ‘Five days’ notice is usually required so the authority can inspect the trees and either confirm the trees are dangerous, and therefore exempt from the need for a formal application, or otherwise.’