Council prosecution sees defendant ordered to pay £80k+ over tree preservation order breach – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 24th, 2022 in fines, local government, news, trees by sally

‘A defendant has been ordered to pay more than £80,000 over the destruction of 16 oak trees in breach of a tree preservation order.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd November 2022

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Give legal rights to animals, trees and rivers, say experts – The Guardian

‘Granting legal rights and protections to non-human entities such as animals, trees and rivers is essential if countries are to tackle climate breakdown and biodiversity loss, experts have said. The authors of a report titled Law in the Emerging Bio Age say legal frameworks have a key part to play in governing human interactions with the environment and biotechnology.’

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The Guardian, 10th October 2022

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County council defends High Court claim brought after driver killed by falling tree – Local Government Lawyer

‘Hampshire County Council was not in breach of its duty, nor was it negligent when a tree fell onto a road killing a father of three, the High Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th April 2022

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Breach of injunction preventing works on woodland site sees landowner receive jail sentence – Local Government Lawyer

‘A landowner in Kent has been given a custodial term of eight months imprisonment, with two months immediate custody and six suspended for 18 months, for breaching an injunction against works on an ancient woodland site.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th April 2022

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Landowner facing legal action over ‘decimation’ of Herefordshire river – The Guardian

‘A landowner is facing legal action for what environmental regulators say is the decimation of a protected river.’

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The Guardian, 9th March 2022

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Council fined £300k after dog walker hit by tree on public footpath – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 4th, 2022 in fines, footpaths, guilty pleas, health & safety, local government, news, trees by tracey

‘A county council has been fined £300,000 for failing to inspect and maintain trees on a public footpath, following the death of a member of the public.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th December 2021

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Homeowner who poisoned protected tree that overlooked his house ordered to pay £80,000 – The Independent

Posted December 17th, 2021 in criminal damage, fines, housing, news, planning, trees by michael

‘A homeowner has been ordered to pay £80,000 for using a deadly herbicide to poison a protected tree that was overlooking his home.’

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The Independent, 17th December 2021

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Landowner jailed after breach of injunction prohibiting development in woodland – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 2nd, 2021 in environmental protection, injunctions, news, planning, sentencing, trees by sally

‘A landowner who breached a High Court injunction preventing illegal development on woodland has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st November 2021

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Food brands challenge deforestation rules in UK environment bill – The Guardian

Posted May 25th, 2021 in bills, environmental protection, fines, food, international trade, news, trees by sally

‘Trade associations representing leading food suppliers have questioned the need for new regulations to protect forests overseas, which will come before parliament in the environment bill on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 25th May 2021

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Judge quashes planning permission for development of former hospital site over appraisal of relocation of 500-year-old tree – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 25th, 2021 in hospitals, listed buildings, news, planning, trees by sally

‘A Planning Court judge has quashed Tower Hamlets Council’s grant of planning permission and listed building consent for residential development of the former London Chest Hospital.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th May 2021

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HS2: Judge orders pause on tree felling at wood that inspired Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox – The Independent

‘A High Court judge has ordered HS2 to stop felling trees at a wood that inspired Roald Dahl to write Fantastic Mr Fox, ahead of a hearing into whether the government licences were issued legitimately.’

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The Independent, 17th April 2021

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Legal issues relating to trees – New Square Chambers

Posted February 11th, 2021 in chambers articles, news, nuisance, trees, trespass by sally

‘Trees can provoke a surprising number of legal disputes which frequently lead to either civil or even criminal litigation.’

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New Square Chambers, 1st February 2021

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Council secures possession order evicting environmental protesters at development site – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has granted the London Borough of Islington a possession order for a development site where protesters are occupying a copse scheduled for destruction.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd February 2021

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HS2 may be guilty of ‘wildlife crime’ by felling trees illegally, say lawyers – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2020 in animals, environmental protection, news, railways, transport, trees, trespass by sally

‘Lawyers have warned HS2 it might be felling trees illegally, after an ecology report found evidence of one of the UK’s rarest bat species in an area of ancient woodland being cleared for the high-speed rail line.’

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The Guardian, 10th October 2020

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UK sets out law to curb illegal deforestation and protect rainforests – The Guardian

Posted August 25th, 2020 in bills, environmental protection, news, trees by sally

‘The government has announced plans to introduce a new law to clamp down on illegal deforestation and protect rainforests by cleaning up the UK’s supply chains.’

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The Guardian, 25th August 2020

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Council loses Court of Appeal battle over personal injury claim following tree root trip in park – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 2nd, 2020 in footpaths, local government, news, parks, personal injuries, trees by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has found that a council was liable for an injury suffered by a claimant when she tripped on a tree root on a path constructed in a park by one of its predecessor authorities.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd June 2020

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Churchwardens, pine cones and a cheeky squirrel – Law & Religion UK

Posted September 11th, 2019 in Church of England, ecclesiastical law, health & safety, news, trees by tracey

‘The short, 2-page judgment Re St Peter West Blatchington [2019] ECC Chi 4 will be of interest to those with the responsibilities for the care and maintenance of churchyards.’

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Law & Religion UK, 10th September 2019

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Sheffield tree activists in legal talks to get convictions quashed – The Guardian

‘Move comes after investigation into city council found it fell far short of good practice.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2019

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How outdated tree-felling laws are putting rare woodland wildlife at risk – The Independent

Posted December 13th, 2018 in animals, environmental protection, forestry, licensing, news, trees by tracey

‘A loophole in the Forestry Act means the habitats of protected species can be cut down – no matter how rare, how vulnerable or how much effort has gone into the regional conservation of the animal.’

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The Independent, 13th December 2018

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Council prosecution sees property owner fined £18k over Japanese knotweed – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 10th, 2018 in fines, local government, news, nuisance, prosecutions, trees by sally

‘A Bristol property owner has been fined £18,000 for allowing the spread of Japanese knotweed, after what is thought to be one of the first prosecutions nationally using the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to tackle the issue.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th December 2018

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