Vandals cause £12,000 worth of damage in Mansfield park

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Vandals have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to an avenue of lime trees in Peafield Park.

Ten of the trees, which run between Peafield Lane Primary School and Whinnyhill woodland, have had their bark stripped to the point where it is highly unlikely they will survive.

The cost to remove and replant trees of a similar size will be in excess of £12,000.

Stripping the bark from a tree destroys the cambium layer and prevents water absorption, resulting in the death of the tree through starvation.

Peafield Park, which was established ten years ago, offers a range of facilities for children, young people and dog walkers, including a toddler and junior play area, a skate park, bike track, trails, woodland and a wildflower meadow area.

Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Coun Philip Shields said: “This mindless vandalism is completely unacceptable.

“These beautiful trees haven been in Peafield Park since it first opened in 2004.

“We are determined to crack down on the people who are responsible for such environmental destruction. I urge anyone who witnesses any suspicious activities 
to report the matter to the Police or Neighbourhood Wardens.”

If you have witnessed, or have any information about vandalism in Mansfield’s parks, contact Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.