A man has been fined £2,000 for chopping down protected tress in Chinley with out consent.
Scott Richardson, from Whitehough, was successfully prosecuted by High Peak Borough Council for a breach of planning law after cutting down the protected trees at his property.
Magistrates in Chesterfield ordered Mr Richardson to pay a fine and costs totalling £2,384.43 after he pleaded guilty to two offences of unlawfully felling the trees at Wilshaw in Whitehough.
Councillor John Haken, Executive Councillors of Operational Services, said: “The Council takes the matter of protecting trees across the borough very seriously. This successful prosecution sends a very clear message that, where appropriate, firm action will be taken against unauthorised works to protected trees.
“I hope that this case serves to deter others from carrying out work to cut down, or damage, protected trees.”
Anyone concered about whether trees belonging to them are in a conservation area, or are protected by a tree preservation order, is advised to check the Council’s website or contact the Council before carrying out any work.