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NRW investigates illegal tree felling

Image of trees that have been illegal felled

Officers from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) are investigating a serious case of illegal tree felling in the Blackwood area.

The remains of approximately 200 veteran hedgerow beech trees were recently discovered. 

This quantity of trees would have required a licence for felling from NRW, but an investigation has found that no such licence had been sanctioned. 

Jim Hepburn, Regulatory Woodland Officer at NRW said: 

“This is a devastating case which will have a terrible impact on the local environment and no doubt be very upsetting for local people. 

”These trees would have been around 150 – 200 years old and would have provided valuable habitat for wildlife. 

“We continue to investigate how this felling has happening, and will take the necessary action against those responsible.”

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