Prosecution for woodland felling offences

Prosecution For Woodland Felling Offences

A landowner has been convicted for the illegal felling of over eight hectares of woodland, within the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) near Swansea.

Natural Resources Wales’s investigations revealed that a total of 8.5 hectares (equivalent of 12 football pitches) of native and wet woodland located to the north of Ilston had been cut down with out the appropriate licence.  

Callum Stone, Forest Regulation Team Leader said: “The loss of this native and wet woodland, is devastating and it will take many generations for new trees to grow to replace them, if they grow at all.

“Like many things in our environment, trees are often taken for granted. 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 to benefit us all now and into the future.”

NRW are now seeking to obtain a Proceed of Crime Act against the defendant. This is the first time POCA has been used in forestry in the UK.

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