Vandals cause thousands of pounds worth of damage to Mansfield Woodhouse park

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VANDALS have caused £2,300 of damage at Yeoman Hill Park in Mansfield Woodhouse after destroying a number of newly planted trees.

Some trees have even been damaged by yobs training their dogs to hang from low branches and chew bark to strengthen their jaws.

The vandalism is the latest in a number of incidents to have taken place at the park, which has led to 14 trees dying.

Yeoman Hill has suffered problems with folk lighting fires and writing graffiti in the bandstand, as well as dog owners allowing their pets to foul on and around the football pitch areas.

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.

Mansfield District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, Coun Philip Shields, said: “Yeoman Hill Park is a very much loved and well visited park by the community of Mansfield Woodhouse.

“Along with the parks 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. Gradually, Yeoman Hill is being stripped of its young trees. We need to catch the people, who are responsible.”

Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or a neighbourhood warden on 01623 460144.