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Illegal felling of protected trees highlighted by Park Authority signs

 

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has resorted to the unprecedented step of erecting two temporary information signs on land at Upper Burrows in Freshwater East where protected trees were felled and abandoned.

In 2017 more than 30 trees in a woodland protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) and owned by the Authority and a local resident, were illegally cut down.

Warden manager Tim Jones and CEO Tegryn Jones with sign at site of felled trees in Freshwater Easat

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Chief Executive Tegryn Jones and Warden Manager (South) Tim Jones stand next to two temporary signs erected to try to establish the culprit who cut down trees within the National Park, at the Local Nature Reserve in Upper Burrows, Freshwater East.

Park Authority Director of Park Direction and Planning, Jane Gibson said: “This is the worst breach of a TPO I have encountered, with felling on land that didn’t belong to the perpetrator, and the Authority is left to undertake remedial work to selectively clear, coppice and replant the site at significant cost.”

Land at Upper Burrows in Freshwater East where protected trees were felled and abandoned.

Park Authority Countryside Manager (South) Tim Jones said: “Nobody would have commissioned such work unless they stood to benefit from it, and the police are continuing to investigate, but we need more evidence.

“The bilingual advertisement will highlight the criminal act at the site of the felling in the Upper Burrows area of Freshwater East and will provide details of the £1,000 reward for information.

“If you know who might have done this or commissioned the work, please contact Dyfed-Powys Police on 101 or the Authority on 01646 624800.”

For more information on trees in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, including an interactive map of TPOs, please visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/trees.

Published 01 April 2019


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