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Tamworth Magistrates Court
A Lichfield man has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 after cutting down three protected trees Lichfield District Council took 35-year-old Matthew Chatting, of Gaia Lane, to court for felling three trees that were in a conservation area. The case was heard on June 8 at Tamworth Magistrates’ Court. The court heard that Mr Chatting cut down three trees, two Ash and one Douglas Fir, last November. The trees were around 20 to 35 years old, and would have probably lived for another 200 years. The court fined Mr Chatting £3,000 (£1,000 for each tree), and ordered him to pay £2,036 costs, as well as a £15 victim surcharge – in all £5,051. Councillor Neil Roberts, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Development Services, said:
“It is a great shame that these young trees were felled, and I am pleased the court took these offences so seriously. This case shows just how important it is to check with the council before doing work to any trees in your garden, such as lopping branches or chopping them down, as they could be protected.”
To find out if any of the trees in your garden or on your land are in a Conservation Area or protected under a Tree Preservation Order, please contact Lichfield District Council on  01543 308207 or 308185. You can also email gareth.hare@lichfielddc.gov.uk or portia.howe@lichfielddc.gov.uk.

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