– Janette Ward, Natural England's regulation director
"Legal action is always regrettable and we were disappointed that a woodland of such ecological importance and one that was very special to the local community, was so severely damaged.
'We work with landowners across the country to ensure that such special areas of our natural heritage can be protected.
"We welcome the fact that Mr Day has undertaken a programme of voluntary restoration and hope that he will now work with us to manage this special area more appropriately in the future."
A business tycoon has been ordered to pay almost £1 million in fines and costs after damaging ancient woodland on his land in Cumbria.