Penalties for undertaking work on a protected tree
It is an offence to:
- cut down a protected tree
- uproot a protected tree
- destroy a protected tree
- damage a protected tree in a way that is likely to destroy it
A person convicted of this offence may be fined up to £20,000. An unlimited fine can also be imposed equal to the rise in land value resulting from a tree clearance.
Undertaking work on a protected tree without destroying it is also an offence carrying a fine of up to £2,500.
Liability for prosecution can include not only the individual or company that carry out the work, but also anyone who permits or engages the individual or a company.