Vandals Damage Newly-planted Trees

Posted by: Press team on 01 May 2020 17:26

Vandals have damaged newly-planted trees in South Tyneside.

Two lime trees on King George Road, South Shields, have been deliberately snapped. They were among nine trees to be planted on the busy road over last winter, at a cost of around £150 each.

South Tyneside Council is asking anyone who has any information about the damage, which is thought to have happened over the weekend, to come forward.

Cllr Joan Atkinson, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety, said: "It is so disappointing that someone would deliberately damage trees in this way.

"Trees contribute enormously to the beauty and quality of our open spaces as well as enriching the landscape of our urban environment.

"They also bring a multitude of other benefits, including providing a habitat for wildlife and acting as a crucial tool in our fight against climate change.

"The vast majority of people highly value trees and I am sure they will be just as disgusted as we are that someone has vandalised these two.

"If they do manage to survive the damage, they will take longer to establish and will be unsightly for several years.

"Members of our tree team, who work so hard making sure the Borough's trees are healthy and looking their best, are really saddened by this damage."

In the short term, the trees, which were among almost 4,000 to be planted across the borough last winter, will be left in place and monitored.

South Tyneside Council has a team of specialist officers dedicated to all aspects in the management of trees. This includes regularly assessing them to make sure they are not damaged or threatened with disease and do not cause an unacceptable risk to people and property.

The Council was one of the first local authorities locally to produce a comprehensive tree and woodland policy with tree protection and sustainability at its forefront. A fundamental aspect of the policy is to protect the tree population, with trees only ever removed as a last resort.

The damage has been reported to Northumbria Police and any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Last modified: 11 October 2021 17:27