You cannot be prosecuted for an offence that you did not commit. The enforcement officer is wrong.
However you do inherit the liability from putting it all right and you can be made to replace the trees and if they are mature, then planting semi mature trees is not cheap.
That’s the limit of your liability because when you buy the property you inherit its problems.
The Seller should have declared this to you on the Sellers Property Information Form and therefore you would be entitled to recover from the Seller, any cost you incur in putting this right.
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