Reminder to all Developers, Builders, Property Owners and Landscape Gardeners in regard to Tree Protection 2 November 2011
The Ministers for both DEFA and DoI wish to remind all developers, builders, property owners and landscape gardeners that, subject to certain exceptions, no person shall;
- (a) cut down, uproot, or intentionally or recklessly destroy any tree which has a main trunk diameter greater than 8 cm (approx. 3 in.) at a point 152 cm (approx 5 ft) above ground level; or
- (b) prune or intentionally or recklessly damage such a tree in a manner as is likely to destroy it in the future; or
- (c) prune or remove a Registered tree, regardless of its size;
without a Licence granted by the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, under the Tree Preservation Act 1993.
Any person in contravention of the law may be liable on summary conviction to a fine of up to £20,000 per tree. Permission to work on trees as above may also be authorised through valid Planning Approval giving specific consent for the work required, as issued by the Department of Infrastructure.
Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, David Cretney MHK, and the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, Phil Gawne MHK, both support a reminder to persons who may be thinking of pruning, lopping or undertaking tree surgery. Mr. Cretney said Any person who proposes to carry out any of the works described above should seek advice from the appropriate Department before doing so. In all cases, where trees are located on proposed development sites that are the subject of planning application, an accurate tree survey, giving details of the trees in relation to the proposed development, should be included.
The contact details for DEFA are: email@example.com and Tel: 801263
The contact details for DoI are: firstname.lastname@example.org and Tel: 685950
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