Wales: Environment Bosses ‘devastated’ after discovering 200 ancient Trees Cut down by An Unknown Tree Assassin
Inspectors were visiting countryside in Blackwood, near Caerphilly, South Wales, when they came across a field of stumps.
The hedgerow beeches are thought to be around 150-200 years old.
Natural Resources Wales have launched an investigation into the felling and have said anyone wanting to chop down so many veteran trees would need a licence.
Jim Hepburn, regulatory woodland officer at Natural Resources Wales, said: ‘This is a devastating case which will have a terrible impact on the local environment and no doubt be very upsetting for local people.
‘These trees would have been around 150 – 200 years old and would have provided valuable habitat for wildlife.
‘We continue to investigate how this felling has happening, and will take the necessary action against those responsible.’
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