A millionaire businessman has promised to repair woodland that he was taken to court for destroying.
Philip Day, owner of the Edinburgh Woollen Mill chain, has been ordered to pay almost £1 million in fines and costs, after trees were chopped down on his land near Brampton in Cumbria.
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A business tycoon has been ordered to pay almost £1 million in fines and costs after damaging ancient woodland on his land in Cumbria.
A court heard how Philip Day, owner of the Edinburgh Woollen Mill chain of shops, had tried to use the "power of his wealth to avoid responsibility".
Mr Day has been fined £450,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £475,000. His own defence legal costs are not known.
Mr Day, 47, whose firm has a turnover of £240 million, admitted two counts of damaging Gelt Woods, designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Natural England, a quango with responsibility to protect the environment, brought the prosecution after it said he caused unauthorised damaging work to be carried out on the site, which is protected.
A three month consultation into whether a coastal path between Whitehaven and Allonby in west Cumbria should be created ended today.
The 36km stretch would be the first section in North West to be enhanced as part of plans for a path around the English coastline.
Landowners, farmers, businesses and residents took part. Natural England will use the feedback from the consultation to finalise proposals for the new route, which will then be submitted to the Secretary of State for approval.