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Mystery surrounds felling of 200 beech trees

Posted on Monday, 23 January, 2017 | Comment icon 43 comments

It remains unclear who was responsible for felling the trees. Image Credit: US Marines / Public Domain
Authorities in Wales are attempting to work out who chopped down hundreds of beech trees near Caerphilly.
The peculiar incident, which is understood to have occurred around Christmas, has left local environment officers scratching their heads.

"This is a devastating case which will have a terrible impact on the local environment and will no doubt be very upsetting for local people," said Jim Hepburn of Natural Resources Wales.

"These trees would have been around 150 - 200 years old and would have provided a valuable habitat for wildlife. We continue to investigate how this felling has happened, and will take the necessary action against those responsible."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (43)

Tags: Trees, Wales

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #34 Posted by toast on 26 January, 2017, 0:14
Yeah and my hometown has a population of 1.8M and there are 660.000 trees within the city. (And  2.500 bridges BTW).
Comment icon #35 Posted by Hammerclaw on 26 January, 2017, 1:41
We are very fond of our trees, as well.      
Comment icon #36 Posted by Noxasa on 27 January, 2017, 1:29
Oh Lord...we're talking about a row of 200 year old Beech trees not a forest.  LOL.   Chopping down a forest isn’t even remotely close to this situation and just demonstrates the ad-absurdum logic environmentalists use to control perceived slights to their power.  Just like using the term "ancient" to refer to these trees.  They’re not “ancient” and it’s not a forest.
Comment icon #37 Posted by back to earth on 27 January, 2017, 2:05
What are you on about  ????      I was addressing this comment you made ;  "   As long as the owner of the property wanted them down then I don't see a problem.  "   I even added ;   "   Even on your own land here there are restrictions on felling and clearing  . " My issue was, in places where land ownership allows the owner to assess whether  or not to log and how to address environmental issues , wanton cutting down of trees is often an issue and gives bad results .   I think you demonstrated something in your response ! 
Comment icon #38 Posted by South Alabam on 27 January, 2017, 16:09
People are stilling killing elephants for ivory, and other animals for anything that will bring value, so trees simply won't mean a thing to whoever is responsible.
Comment icon #39 Posted by docyabut2 on 29 January, 2017, 1:14
Well some one did out of fun or just plain stupidity:)
Comment icon #40 Posted by Codenwarra on 31 January, 2017, 10:39
This looks like the work of someone with a bee in his bonnet. There seems to have been no attempt to take branches for firewood or construction. Hope they find him, he could start setting fires or killing animals or people next.
Comment icon #41 Posted by OverSword on 31 January, 2017, 17:58
Then please explain his motivation for this act because your above statement looks like you're just spouting hot air.
Comment icon #42 Posted by Bavarian Raven on 1 February, 2017, 1:21
His motive (imho) was to draw attention to people's hypocracry (how they got up in arms over this one tree but not the thousands of old growth sources cut annually) while hoping to draw more attention to old growth logging. 
Comment icon #43 Posted by OverSword on 1 February, 2017, 16:03
My apologies for the tone of my criticism.  That makes insane sense if he's the type to cut off his nose to spite his face.

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