Vandals wreck kids’ trees in park yet again

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MORE trees planted by school children in Eastwood’s Coronation Park have been ripped out of the ground and wrecked by vandals.

Another eight trees were found damaged earlier this week by town Mayor Brian Griffin who described it as ‘vandalism at its worse’.

A whole avenue of trees on the other side of the park was ripped up back in February and pupils responsible for planting them were said to be ‘heartbroken’.

Kids at Brookhill Leys Primary spent a whole day planting the trees at the beginning of the year as part of a time capsule project, and named each one after their class names.

Eight more were ripped up near the fire station end of the park last weekend – putting the total cost of damage at over £2,000.

Mayor Brian Griffin said: “It’s rate payers money. They are £80 a piece so this is a couple of thousand pounds worth of plants now. Less the labour it takes to put them in.

“It’s absolute vandalism at its worse.”

Cllr Griffin said there was also smashed glass all over the floor in the area.

“It must be the same people who are throwing these bottles around,” he added.

“It’s all over the place. You’ve never seen glass like it.

“This park is a picture. The bowling green and all the plants look beautiful, and then they go and do this.”

The time capsule project involved pupils burying a copy of the Advertiser, council leaflets, a mobile phone and a picture of an iPod on the park. They planted the trees on the same day.

If you have any information about any vandalism call police on 0300 9999 or freephone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

he leader of Broxtowe Borough Council Cllr David Watts said after the first incident: “The Time capsule project was a great idea and this sort of mindless vandalism is insulting to those children who were involved.”