How a ‘major cock-up’ led to the felling of protected trees and £420k in fines

“I’d hate the [Tree Preservation Order] system to go, but it is currently not fit for purpose,” says the Woodland Trust’s Oliver Newham. Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) are a conservation measure dating back to 1947 which have recently come under rare scrutiny after a housing developer and contractor were fined a combined total of £420,000 for a significant breach in Penllergare Valley Woods, north of Swansea, in South Wales.

by James Fair
Penllergare Valley Woods, near Swansea, where 73 trees were felled. Photograph: Gareth Lovering Photography/Flickr
Penllergare Valley Woods, near Swansea, where 73 trees were felled. Photograph: Gareth Lovering Photography/Flickr

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