Plea over tree felling problem

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experts at the Peak District National Park Authority are urging residents to contact them before starting any tree work on their property.

Conservation officers Dave Goodwin and Dave Frost say they are concerned at a ‘recent and widespread increase in illegal tree cutting’ around the national park. Fines of £20,000 can be incurred for damaging or illegally removing trees.

They believe the cause of the problem is demand for fire wood which has risen due to energy price increases. Trees can be protected by law.

n To contact the tree conservation officers, call 01629 816200 or email customer.service@peakdistrict.gov.uk