Farmer in felled oak dispute

10 September 1999

Farmer in felled oak dispute

FORESTRY Commission officials are investigating an incident in which four 100-year-old oak trees – described by a local council official as "attractive and important landscape features" – were felled by a farmer.

Local residents near Eye, Suffolk, alerted the local council and an official visited the scene. Later, officials from the Forestry Commission also attended.

Farmer Andrew West, of Warren Hill Farm, Oakley, said it had been necessary to remove the trees to amalgamate two fields and to create a new access.

"I will be using the sawn timber from the oaks to restore old barns and planting a stretch of hedgerow across the old field access," he said.

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