'Devastation' as 200 veteran trees illegally cut down

The incident has been described as 'devastating' by woodland officers. Credit: Natural Resources Wales

An investigation is underway after around 200 trees were cut down in Blackwood.

The remains of the veteran hedgerow beech trees were recently discovered in what's being described as a serious case of illegal tree-felling.

Officers from Natural Resources Wales said the quantity of trees would have required a felling licence, which has not been granted. They are now investigating.

This is a devastating case which will have a terrible impact on the local environment and no doubt be very upsetting for local people. These trees would have been around 150-200 years old and would have provided valuable habitat for wildlife. We continue to investigate how this felling has happened, and will take the necessary action against those responsible.

Jim Hepburn, Regulatory Woodland Officer, Natural Resources Wales