Tree felling to improve sea view in Poole denied by men
The owner of a Dorset auction house has denied having a protected tree cut down in a neighbour's garden to improve the sea view from his own property.
Neil Davey, of Davey and Davey Auctioneers in Poole, allegedly instructed Thomas McGuire to remove the tree. Both men deny any involvement.
It is alleged Mr McGuire entered the garden in Heavytree Road, Poole, under darkness on 20 June 2010.
The next morning the owner found his 12m (40ft) Scots pine had been felled.
The 52-year-old tree, which was subject of a tree preservation order, had narrowly missed hitting nearby houses when it was cut down.
Mr Davey, 51, of Inverclyde Road, Poole, denies causing or permitting the wilful destruction of a tree.
Mr McGuire, 34, of Richmond Park Road, Bournemouth, denies the wilful destruction of a tree.
The men, who were released on unconditional bail, are due back before Bournemouth Crown Court to stand trial on 19 November.