I bought my property a decade ago, and was told by the previous owner that he planted the trees surrounding it. Two of them are known to cause allergies (I have suffered from them from the day I moved in), and have branches that overlay my pool which is constantly flooded with leave and debris, and roots that have caused cracks in my wall. Long story short, I decided to prune the trees a few weeks ago. Next thing I know (literally 2 hours later), a council ranger is knocking on my door. Apparently someone had seen me doing this and complained to the council! I had no idea that these trees belong to the council (I guess that is not an excuse but in the last 10 years, I have never seen the council do anything to these trees, which have grown and grown). I explained my rationale to the ranger who seemed to understand, but I have now received a letter stating that this is an offence and I need to pay $10,000 to replace these trees with new ones! This is insane! I do not have $10,000 lying around. The trees are still there and in fact have started growing leaves again! Not sure what to do in this situation, they haven't even given me an option to appeal this, saying they are going to finish the process ASAP and will send me the invoice. Any help on property law would be most appreciated. P.S. they were not blocking views and pruning them in now way improved my property's sale value.