Trees targeted by vandals

14/05/2019, PR-9055

Damaged trees at Kirkgate
Damaged trees at Kirkgate

Young trees opposite Wakefield Westgate Station, on Kirkgate roundabout and along Neil Fox Way have recently been destroyed in acts of vandalism and the Council is calling on the public for information about those responsible.

The damaged trees will now have to be re-planted at a cost of over £7,000 and further costs may also be incurred if the decision is made to buy grills and cages to protect the trees from further vandalism.

Re-planting can only take place at certain times of year and until then, the areas will remain without trees. Green spaces are becoming increasingly important in cities, to tackle climate change and improve the environment for residents and visitors. The young trees had all been planted less than two years ago and were intended to help provide some natural greenery in key city areas.  

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "We are absolutely disgusted by these mindless acts of vandalism. The destruction of the tress has ruined the look of key gateways into our district, not to mention the longer term impact these young trees could have had helping to improve the air quality and natural environment in the city.

"We all want Wakefield to look its best and green spaces are so important and it is so very disappointing that anyone would cause such damage. If we can find those responsible, they will be held to account so if anyone has any information please get in touch."

Information on the incidents can be reported by calling 0345 8 506 506.

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