VANDALS have caused around £800 worth of damage after lighting fires in a Mansfield Woodhouse park’s bandstand.
It is the latest incident of vandalism to have hit Yeoman Hill Park after vandals caused £2,300 worth of damage by destroying a number of newly-planted trees in December.
Over four weeks, the park lost 14 trees of varying species, including pear trees, London plains, silver birch, ginkgo, tree of heaven, a tulip tree and Serbian spruce.
Following the Council’s appeal in December to highlight the issue, the damage to trees has been halted.
But the lighting of fires in the bandstand has continued over the Christmas period and left areas of the bandstand blackened and burnt.
The park is currently undergoing a large refurbishment, which includes new permanent and sustainable planting, tree planting, installation of a new aerial slide, fencing around the bowling green and installation of raised planters and re-laying of the car park.
Coun Philip Shields, portfolio holder for the environment, said: “Yeoman Hill Park is a very much loved and well visited park by the community of Mansfield Woodhouse.
“Along with the park’s Friends Groups and the Mansfield Woodhouse community development group, Mansfield District Council is fully committed to ensuring that we provide an excellent facility for park users, which is why we have been investing in large-scale improvements.
“To ensure that the park is respected, it is very important that the community of Mansfield Woodhouse and park users are observant and report any suspicious activities to the police and wardens.
“These vandals are putting people’s lives and risk, as fires can quickly become out of hand causing serious damage. We need to catch those responsible.”
If you have witnessed, or have any information about vandalism in Mansfield’s parks, contact Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 or contact your local Warden 01623 460144.