Several photos from the Old Aerial Photos archive have recently been used to prove a case of illegal tree removal, or not, as it was in this case.
A local council in England accused a resident of removing saplings which were protected by TPO’s. We viewed modern aerial photos in stereo to assess the height of all of the trees in the area in question. These were then compared to historical photos and the difference in the number and height of trees was assessed. We showed that there was just one tree that had been removed, which turned out to be just outside the area of interest.
The evidence was so compelling that the local council dropped the case immediately. This demonstrates that Old Aerial Photos can be used for other purposes than just boundary disputes and general interest! We are working on several interesting cases at the moment, and perhaps we will share more success stories in the near future.