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(1)Where a person is convicted of an offence under section 17 of this Act and he is a person having, as regards the land on which the felling which gave rise to the conviction took place, such estate or interest as is mentioned in section 10(1) of this Act, the Commissioners may serve on him a notice (in this Act referred to as a “restocking notice”) requiring him—
(a)to restock or stock with trees the land or such other land as may be agreed between the Commissioners and him; and
(b)to maintain those trees in accordance with the rules and practice of good forestry for a period, not exceeding ten years, specified in the notice.
(2)A restocking notice shall be served within three months after the date of the conviction or of the dismissal or withdrawal of any appeal against the conviction.
(3)Subject to the provisions of this Act, in considering whether to issue a restocking notice the Commissioners shall—
(a)have regard to the interests of good forestry and agriculture and of the amenities of the district;
(b)have regard to their duty of promoting the establishment and maintenance F2. . . of adequate reserves of growing trees; and
(c)take into account any advice tendered by the regional advisory committee for the conservancy comprising the land to which the restocking notice would relate.
(4)This section shall not apply in relation to trees to which a tree preservation order relates or in relation to trees the felling of which took place before the date of coming into force of the Forestry Act 1986.]
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