31 Jul '13, 4pm

Cumbrian landowner fined £450K for damaging Gelt Woods conservation site

Home About us News/Press releases 2013 Landowner fined £450,000 for damaging one of Cumbria’s finest conservation sites 31 July 2013 Phillip Day (25/10/65), of Corby Hill, Carlisle, was today fined a total of £450,000 and ordered to pay full costs after he admitted two counts of damaging Gelt Woods Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Cumbria. Natural England prosecuted Mr Day, after he carried out unauthorised and damaging work on the site - which is legally protected for its ancient woodland. In November 2010, trees were felled on the slopes of the SSSI and land excavated to create a significant track. These activities severely damaged the woodland ground flora. Presiding Judge Peter Hughes QC said that Mr Day had been “grossly negligent” in relation to the works done and that the conduct of his defence “seeking to use the power of his wealth to avoid responsibi...

Full article: http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/about_us/news/2013/31071...

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