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£1,500 worth of damage caused to newly planted trees at Wordsworth Park in Penarth


The Vale of Glamorgan Council has shared its disappointment, after four of the newly planted trees at Wordsworth park in Penarth have been destroyed.

It appears that the damage was not a "moment of madness" but that trees "were sawn off" intentionally, according to Cllr Lis Burnett.

The trees were planted as part of a programme of over 100' trees, which began at the end of January - with 15 cherry trees of three different varieties were planted at Golden Gates Park.

The scheme aimed to increase biodiversity in the area and across the county, while also combating climate change. The Council say that this programme is one small example of commitments they've made to tackle the climate emergency as part of a wider Climate Change Action Plan.

The Vale Council estimates the damage could cost approximately £1,500 and have reported the incident to South Wales Police.


In a tweet, the Council said "We're very disappointed to share the news that four of the newly planted trees at Wordsworth park in Penarth have been destroyed. This is approximately £1500 worth of damage. We have reported it to @swpolice but if anyone has any information please contact us."

Vale of Glamorgan Council Deputy Leader and Stanwell ward Councillor Lis Burnett said she was "really frustrated at this Wanton destruction."

"This was not a moment of madness as these trees were sawn off. Happy to be contacted with any information you want to pass on anonymously."

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