Erewash Borough Council has appealed to residents for help after vandals went on another ‘mindless’ spree through Long Eaton’s West Park to rip out and destroy young trees.
The appeal came as the council’s parks team began clearing the debris on Monday morning and replanting the trees that it is hoped can be saved.
The vandal attack happened sometime between 6pm on Saturday 21 November and 8am the following morning and follows a similar incident this summer when saplings and shrubs were trashed in the popular park.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “To say we are absolutely furious at this latest vandalism would be an understatement. In fact it is very difficult to find words that adequately describe our anger at the mindless morons who have caused this damage. It is utterly disgusting and we know that visitors to the park were very upset at the sight that greeted them.
“This council will continue its tree planting despite this vandalism – but as a community we need to do whatever we can to help police find these vandals. Please, if you suspect someone or have information then let the police know. These mindless idiots are costing all of us money and destroying this lovely park. Let’s get them found, charged and shamed.”
This weekend’s vandalism saw 9 trees snapped or damaged beyond repair and a further 15 uprooted over a large section of the 127-acre park.
The parks team will replant the 15 trees in the hope that they will re-establish and continue to grow, with the council facing a £1,000 bill for labour costs and new trees to replace those that were snapped.
The vandalism has been reported and anyone with information should contact police on the non-emergency 101 number.