Company fined for axing Liphook trees

CUTTING down two trees without permission in a Liphook conservation area has cost a company £1,765.

The trees in Hewshott Lane were felled a year ago by Green Frontiers Garden Care.

East Hampshire District Council took the company to court for contravening the Town and Country Planning Act.

Aldershot magistrates imposed fines of £700 for each tree felled and ordered a £350 payment towards the council’s costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

The court was told the trees were not of high amenity value, but Green Frontiers had been cautioned for a previous offence.

The company claimed the trees in Hewshott Lane were dying and dangerous, but an inspection showed this was not the case.