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TREE TRAGEDY: ‘Senseless’ vandals destroy Garston trees hours after planting

 Published on: 2nd December 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Trees planted in Garston as part of a Watford Borough Council (WBC) initiative were vandalised within hours of being planted.

All six trees at Leavesden Green Recreation Ground were massacred by persons unknown on Monday, November 20.

Councillor Tim Williams, WBC’s portfolio holder for neighbourhood services, said: “The recent act of senseless vandalism at Leavesden Green Recreation Ground is deeply disheartening.

“Over the past year, the council, in collaboration with the local residents’ association, has been enhancing the open space — installing new pathways, signage, biodiversity zones, and trees to elevate this communal space.

“Witnessing the newly planted trees destroyed within hours is truly disappointing for everyone involved.”

Cllr Williams stated that WBC will be replacing the trees as soon as possible and encouraged anyone with information on the vandalism to contact the police through the non-emergency number 101.

Adrian Constable, chairman of Leavesden Green Residents’ Association, said: “Leavesden Green Residents’ Association fully supported the planting of these trees and the park’s recent enhancements. We are disappointed to think that local residents may have been involved in their destruction.”

The WBC project began in November and will see trees planted until March 2024.

Included in the initiative are 50 trees that will be lining local streets, as well as five new trees in Radlett Road Playing Fields, four trees in Cassiobury Park, four trees in Oxhey Park, four trees in Oxhey Green, and three trees in Woodside Playing Fields. Additionally, hundreds of new tree saplings will be planted in Lea Farm Recreation Ground and Woodside Playing Fields.

Photo Credit: Tim Williams

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