It seems 16 of the 100 celebratory centenary trees planted in July have been stolen. Many more have been vandalised in various Canberran suburbs, particularly in Narrabundah and Gungahlin.
“An inspection last week revealed that three English Elm, nine Roman Cypress and four Chinese Pistachio trees were stolen from Flynn Place between Thursday 5 September and Monday 9 September 2013,” said Fleur Flanery, Director, City Services.
“A range of deciduous trees were planted at Flynn Place and behind Albert Hall to commemorate Canberra’s Centenary year and improve the amenity of the area. TAMS had received many positive comments from members of the public who were pleased to see the replanted trees along one of Canberra’s iconic avenues.
“The species chosen for the commemorative planting were all unusual, long living trees including Bunya Bunya Pine, Roman Cypress, Swamp White Oak, Chinese Pistachio, upright English Oak and English Elm.
“A further six young trees were vandalised last week along Captain Cook Crescent in Narrabundah and are beyond repair. This is in addition to the 60 newly planted trees which have been vandalised so far in 2013.
“Our reserves and urban open space areas are for people to enjoy, so it is very disappointing when our staff and members of the community find trees damaged or stolen.