Confusion has sparked amongst residents as they try to find out why someone has painted black paint inside one of the oak trees in the Common.
Chorleywood Parish Council (CPC) have said that a black solvent paint has been painted in one of the large cracks to possibly prevent bird from nesting.
However CPC have confirmed to MyChorleywoodNews that the work hasn’t been carried out by themselves or the rangers.
Now arguments whether the tree has been vandalised or whether it is a protection paint for the damaged trunk have ignited.
CPC clerk, Yvonne Merritt has said the parish still doesn’t know why the tree was painted black.
She said: “We do not know why this tree was chosen however, it was the tree which had a hornets nest in last year and whilst the parish do not consider this a danger, the area had been taped off as they was a bench in close proximity.
“We don’t know why it was done but the parish rangers have since removed the paint and will remain vigilant whilst keeping an eye on the health of the tree.”
Councillor Phil Williams believes the paint is some sort of protection for the tree but has urged people in the community to leave the for the parish council to carry out.
He said: “It looks to me like someone is trying to protect the crack from getting any bigger because it would be a very strange way of vandalising it.
“There seems to be a tree vigilante out there, but the work should be carried out by the right people. If someone has this knowledge of tree care, they should let the parish council know so the rangers can carry out themselves.”