Man fined £9k for felling three apple trees without permission because ‘his dog kept getting sick’

The remains of three apple trees felled in Blockley
Homeowner charged with removing three apple trees in his garden without gaining consent (Image credit: Cotswold District Counci)

A homeowner has been ordered to pay nearly £9,000 for paying a contractor to illegally cut down three healthy apple trees in a conservation area.

The trees, in the garden of the Cotswolds village of Blockley, were believed to be around 60 years old and historic mapping indicates the site was an orchard from at least 1891, Cotswold District Council said.

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