A developer has made a formal apology after contractors damaged trees at a site at Porthminster Beach.

In January 2014, contractors employed by developers, Acorn Blue caused damage to trees on land managed by Cornwall Council without consent.

The trees are situated on Hain Walk, above Porthminster Beach in St Ives. Quick action by residents and local Councillor Tim Andrewes stopped the work and prevented significant impacts on the local amenities.

Acorn Blue have issued a formal statement of apology and have now agreed a package of measures through the restorative justice process facilitated by Devon and Cornwall Police.

Nicola Markham, joint MD of Acorn Blue, said: “Acorn Blue wish to make clear our sincere regret at the damage caused to the two trees adjacent to our site on Trelyon Avenue. The incident arose through misdirection and a lack of clear instruction on our part and we apologise unreservedly for this occurrence and, indeed, for any distress it has caused to those affected.

"We are working with Cornwall Council to undertake minor improvements to the area by way of apology and will donate a significant sum to local charities as a goodwill gesture. We are very keen to maintain a good relationship within and with the wider community of St Ives.”

“Cornwall Council regrets this incident but welcomes the positive approach to reconciliation taken by Acorn Blue and accepts their public apology”, said Colin Hawke, principal forestry officer.

Councillor Tim Andrewes, Cornwall Councillor for St Ives East, said: “The trees at this location are an important part of the local landscape and it is extremely regrettable that they have been damaged in this way. I would like to thank local residents for their vigilance and their prompt reporting of the incident, which helped avoid further harm”.