£450k fine for damaging Cumbrian SSSI

The owner of the Edinburgh Woollen Mill has been prosecuted after damaging a protected woodland that he owns

A prominent businessman has been ordered to pay £900,000 for damaging a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) in Cumbria.

Philip Day, of Corby Hill, Carlisle, was prosecuted by Natural England after carrying out unauthorised and damaging works at Gelt Woods, which he owns and is protected as an ancient woodland.

Day, who owns the clothes retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill, pleaded guilty at Carlisle crown

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