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Taylor Wimpey fined for tree damage

Taylor Wimpey UK has been fined £26,500 after admitting damaging protected trees in Hampshire.

The house builder pleaded guilty to wilfully damaging two trees - a Scots pine and a Douglas fir - "in a manner likely to destroy them" on a site in Bordon near Aldershot.

The trees were covered by a preservation order that prohibiting work being carried out without the consent of East Hampshire District Council.

The offences were committed during the construction of 70 houses at Laing Homes’ Wellington Gate development in Lindford Road.