Provider fined for felling trees
Care provider Black Swan International has been fined £8,000 after four trees were cut down without permission at a residential home it runs in Norwich.
At a hearing before Norwich magistrates, the company admitted it had illegally felled the four mature hornbeam trees at the home in the Heathcote area of the city.
The court heard that even though the trees were not the subject of a tree preservation order they were in a conservation area and should not have been cut down without permission.
In mitigation defence lawyer Tim Carey said the company, which runs 10 homes in Norfolk and Essex, always took care to comply with regulations but in this case had been unaware that council permission needed to be obtained.
It was added that the company, which took over the home in 2007 and had carried out £80,000 of improvements, had not acted for financial gain, but because the trees’ roots were causing cr