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Court action set after protected trees are chopped down

Legal action is being taken by Swansea Council after 70 protected trees were felled without authorisation.

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The 70 trees, including a giant Redwood, were felled on land at Penllergaer, near to a housing development that is being completed by Enzo Homes Ltd.

Following a five-month long investigation, the Council has decided to issue a court summons to a number of individuals.

Three summons have been issued to Enzo Homes Ltd, Fiorenzo Sauro and tree contractor - Arwyn Morgan.

All parties have been ordered to appear at Swansea Magistrates Court on May 28.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "This case is something we have taken very seriously and it has taken a lot of hard work to get to this stage.

"It has taken months of investigations and assessments of the site in question - which is in private ownership and not part of the development site at Penllergaer.

"There has been a huge amount of interest in this incident by the public who feel the same way as we do when part of our natural environment is destroyed.

"Obviously I cannot predict the outcome of this case, that is a matter for the courts, but I'm pleased we are taking appropriate action and hopefully send a message out to others that destroying protected trees is something we will not tolerate - whether it's one tree, or in this case around 70."

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