Don't fell trees, public warned
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A SPATE of unauthorised felling in Aberdeenshire has prompted Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) to remind landowners, householders and businesses that they will need a licence to cut down trees.
Tim Gordon Roberts, of the FCS, said there have been a number of incidents in the area that have prompted the warning.
He said: "It is an offence to fell over five cubic metres of trees without having a felling licence and anyone thinking of cutting down trees should really come and speak to us for advice and to check that they have covered all the bases.
"It can be quite a tricky thing because there are land management restrictions and planning controls that also prohibit felling – and there are some instances where a licence might not be required.
"That is why it's always best to check with us in the local conservancy office. If you get it wrong the penalties could involve court case and a fine – and you will still be required to replant the felled area."
Mr Gordon Roberts said everyone involved in the felling of trees – the owner, agent, timber merchant or contractor – must ensure that a licence has been issued before any felling is carried out, unless any of the exemptions apply.
For more information, phone the FCS on 0300 067 6210.