Tree experts at the Peak District National Park Authority are urging national park residents to contact them before starting any tree work on their property.
Trees are an important feature in the villages and countryside throughout the national park for the environment and wildlife as well as aesthetic reasons.
Tree conservation officers are concerned at the recent and widespread increase in illegal tree cutting around the national park. Fines of up to £20,000 can be incurred for damaging or illegally removing trees.
The cause of the problem is believed to be the demand for firewood which has risen due to the increase in energy prices.
Trees can be protected by law if they are in conservation areas and by tree preservation orders, planning conditions and the Wildlife and Countryside Act. This means that permission is needed before any work on a tree can be carried out.
And I thought tree fellers were three blokes from Ireland.Follow @csabian
Chris Sabian is owner of http://www.thedoginn.biz a directory for Dog Friendly Accomodation, Pubs, Beaches & More Browse the UK’s most popular directory of dog friendly accommodation, pubs, beaches and days out