Successful prosecution for damage to protected tree

Borough of Poole has successfully prosecuted two residents for unlawful works to a protected tree at 5 Twemlow Avenue, Poole. 

At Poole Magistrates Court this morning (19 October 2017), Mr Williams-Gardner and Mr Evans of Twemlow Avenue pleaded guilty to wilful damage of a mature Cedar tree. Both defendants were each ordered to pay a fine in the sum of £1500 and a total of £400 each in costs and victim surcharge. 

Andy Osborne, Senior Arboriculturist, Borough of Poole, said: “This was a significant tree making a positive contribution to the street scene of Twemlow Avenue. The resulting unauthorised works have diminished the value of the tree within the public realm. The fines reflect the seriousness the Courts take of these offences. There are established procedures for obtaining consent to work on TPO trees and the council will, in such circumstances, prosecute when these processes are ignored.” 

Councillor Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration, Borough of Poole, said: “This conviction clearly demonstrates the council’s commitment to protecting Poole’s environment. The council will have no hesitation in seeking prosecution through the courts against those individuals who seek to damage or destroy trees.” 

Borough of Poole is also seeking residents’ help in understanding tree works recently undertaken to a mature protected Oak tree in Frankland Crescent, Poole. The council is appealing for anyone with information to contact Andy Dearing on 01202 633316 or e-mail Any person coming forward with information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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