Well done Peak Park as illegal developer prosecuted for damage to ancient woodland
According to the Sheffield Star newspaper, the Peak District National Park authority successful took a case to court against developer Mark Boulby. This gentleman apparently cleared a large area of the protected Froggatt Wood in the eastern Peak’s Conservation Area. The damage happened in September 2015 and involved heavy machinery removing trees and doing untold damage to the protected environment here.
Following the successful prosecution brought by the Park’s tree conservation officers, a fine of £20,000 was imposed by Sheffield Magistrates’ Court.
So, well done Peak National Park, but another stark reminder of why future potential cuts in ‘middle management’ at the Park, i.e. officers who have huge depth of knowledge and skills to protect our vulnerable environment, need to be resisted.* [See my earlier post]