Company Prosecuted for Damaging Protected Lime Trees

Protected Lime Trees
READING Borough Council has successfully prosecuted a company for damaging two trees protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).

BHL Builders (Oxford) Ltd, of Kirtlington, Oxfordshire, stood accused of the unauthorised cutting of roots on two protected Lime trees, both of which were subject to a TPO, at 19 Westcote Road, Reading between 13th April and 27th April 2016.

The company was prosecuted at Reading Magistrates’ Court on 10th February 2017 for carrying out the unauthorised work on the protected trees.

The court imposed a 12 month conditional discharge on the company and ordered it to pay the £1,468 costs requested by Reading Borough Council.

The conditional discharge now means that if the company commits another offence within the twelve months’ period, it could be punished for the new offence as well as the offence for which it has been found guilty.

Councillor Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said: “Trees are an extremely important part of our local environment and the Council expects this to be respected. I hope this successful prosecution sends a clear message that TPOs are for real. The Council has made it clear that we will prosecute any further breaches and seek maximum penalties.”


Victoria Nickless

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