Territory and Municipal Services have the depressing news that some people out there get their jollies destroying new tree plantings:
“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,” said Michael Brice, Manager, Urban Treescapes.
“An inspection earlier this week revealed that four English Oaks, which were planted in parkland off Doonkuna Street in Reid a year ago, have been the latest trees to be targeted. The Oaks were healthy and growing well, but sadly they all will need to be replaced.
“Griffith has also been targeted, with vandals damaging five of the 16 Red spotted gums on Captain Cook Crescent this week. Eight of the 11 Red spotted gums on Kootara Crescent in Narrabundah have also been vandalised.”
Mr Brice said that other recent examples of tree vandalism included:
— poisoning, severe pruning and complete removal of trees across Gungahlin
— repeated damage to trees in Ainslie Avenue with some trees replaced three times already
— removal/damage of new trees planted along Limestone Avenue
— removal/damage of new trees planted in Eddison Park, Woden
— removal/damage of 12 of the 32 trees planted along Boddington Crescent, Kambah
— severe pruning/removal of four new trees at the end of Pilbara Place, Fisher and three of the
— eight trees planted at the end of Bannerman Place, Holt shortly after planting.