Council appeal after vandals destroy 11 trees in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 09:27 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 March 2018

One of the snapped trees. Picture: WHC

One of the snapped trees. Picture: WHC

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Vandals destroyed 11 young trees in Welwyn Garden City causing over £1,000 worth of damage.

Welwyn Hatfield Council has appealed for witnesses after seven Prunus trees along Ridgeway were snapped, having been planted only three weeks ago, and four Liquidambar on Black Fan Road met the same fate.

Helen Bromley, executive member for environment, said: “The trees along Black Fan Road were planted two years ago as part of a new planting scheme and were just beginning to establish.

“And it is equally sad that the saplings along Ridgeway were barely given a chance to grow at all.

“Those responsible might think this is a mindless prank, but they are destroying something our community values so highly, and putting an unnecessary burden on the public purse to repair the harm caused.”

A council spokeswoman asked anyone with information to report it to the police via 101. Damaged trees can be reported to the council on 01707 357000.

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