A MAN has been fined £1,400 for lopping and felling protected trees within a conservation area.
Martin Marston of High Street, Wargrave, was prosecuted by Wokingham Borough Council after carrying out the work at his home without permission from the authority.
Marston admitted five counts of lopping and one of felling a tree when he appeared at Reading Magistrates? Court.
He was fined £200 for each lopped tree and £400 for the felled one and ordered to pay a victim surcharge and the borough council?s costs, which together totalled £2,627.50.
The remaining trees at the property were made the subject of tree preservation orders.
The seven trees included a mature lime, a yew and a small-leaved lime and were growing within the grounds of Marston?s house in the Wargrave conservation area.
Trees in a conservation area are protected and need council consent for most types of work. The roots of protected trees have the same level of protection as the trunk and branches.
Councillor Angus Ross, executive member for environment, said: ?Trees are the green backbone of our environment.
?Those in a conservation area are protected and we will not hesitate to prosecute if this safeguard has been abused.
?Removal of these trees brought out deep-felt concern by residents.?