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Warning after company chops down protected tree in Lichfield

People living in Lichfield are being warned after a bogus company cut down a protected tree.

The company, which has been going door-to-door across the city offering 25 per cent off their tree surgery prices, is being tracked down to Lichfield District Council in order to take legal action over the sycamore felled in Beacon Street.

The company did not carry checks which would have discovered that the tree was not only in a conservation area, but also had a tree preservation order on it – making it illegal to carry out any work, without written consent from the council.

Councillor Neil Roberts, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Development Services, said:

“As we don’t have an address for the bogus tree surgery company, we have not been able to get hold of them so far. If anyone is approached by a company they suspect is bogus, do not use them and please contact the council straightaway.

“And remember, if you intend to do any work to a tree or near a tree in your garden, even if you are just planning to prune its branches, it is important to check with the council that the tree is not protected or in a conservation area.”

To report a suspicious tree surgery company, or to find out more about the service, contact Lichfield District Council’s arboricultural team on 01543 308207 or 01543 308185 or email protectedtrees@lichfielddc.gov.uk.

To see the Arboricultural Association’s list of approved registered contactors, visit www.trees.org.uk or visit the council’s website at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/trees to see a list of approved contractors working in the area.

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1 Comment

  1. David Quin

    16th September, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I’ve had several cold callers knocking on my door in recent weeks giving me quotes for hedge trimming and tree surgery. All of them only had mobile contact numbers and no addresses. I got a local company in to do it instead and they were cheaper!

    Not only will some of these bogus companies no do the job properly, many will dispose of the waste in a local lane or industrial estate, costing the council a clean-up.