Developer fined for damage to tree

17th January 2012

A property developer was fined for causing wilful damage to a tree protected by a Tree Preservation Order following a three day trial at St Albans Magistrates Court.

Three Rivers District Council obtained a conviction against Shandler Homes (developer of 152 The Drive, Rickmansworth) after works carried out to construct a wall close to the protected tree led to damage of the trees roots. Such an act is a criminal offence. The company were fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £10,000 costs.

Councillor Keith Williams, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Community, said: “The developer was in breach of the Tree Preservation Order that was in place.

"This case should send out a clear warning to others that damaging, pruning, or felling protected trees without permission has serious consequences, and that the Council will not hesitate to take action against them.

"There are over 750 Tree Preservation Orders in place across the District and the Council will continue to protect our most valuable trees.”