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Joint investigation into felling of trees in Swansea

Investigations are under way in Swansea after a protected 160 year-old tree was felled without permission.

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Swansea Council and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) are looking jointly at the recent removal of the Giant Redwood tree, which was on land in Penllergaer, adjacent to a site being developed into residential properties.

Council tree officers have recently visited the site following complaints about the work. Further site visits are now planned to help investigate if a criminal offence has been carried out and what action can be taken.

Reports of additional trees being removed has prompted NRW to write to the property developer requesting no further trees should be removed while they investigate the complaints.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "I'm shocked at the details we have received in relation to the unauthorised removal of trees near the development site. Our officers responded immediately to these complaints.

"Planning approval was previously given to develop the site of the former council offices at Penllergaer. However, the complaints about the removal of trees relates to land outside of the development site and as such has not been given any form of approval.

"We take the destruction of these trees very seriously and, along with our partners - Natural Resources Wales, will be looking at what action can be taken."

 

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