Jubilee tree damaged in ‘mindless vandalism’

Rosemary Beer, Sylvia Pink and Magaret Slocombe of the Barnstaple Longbridge Townswomen's Guild, and

Rosemary Beer, Sylvia Pink and Magaret Slocombe of the Barnstaple Longbridge Townswomen's Guild, and Barnstaple mayor Cllr Lesley Brown with the damaged tree. - Credit: Archant

The young copper beech tree was only planted in Castle Green in November to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

The tree appears to have been cut with a sharp object.

The tree appears to have been cut with a sharp object. - Credit: Archant

A TREE planted in Castle Green in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has been damaged in an act of ‘mindless vandalism’.

The Barnstaple Longbridge Townswomen’s Guild was horrified to find the young copper beech tree has been targeted last Friday.

Rosemary Beer, chairman of the guild, said the tree had only been planted in November.

“We were really all very upset about it when we found out,” she said.


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“The parks officer at North Devon Council has checked it and we’re now going to have to get a quote for putting a steel guard around it.

“We’re not yet sure how much damage has been done but we hope it can be saved.”

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The tree was donated by St Johns’ Garden Centre and was planted in a ceremony with Barnstaple mayor Councillor Lesley Brown.

Some nearby outdoor furniture also appeared to have been damaged with wood chippings scattered all around.

Cllr Brown said: “It’s just mindless vandalism; we had some over Rock Park [a few weeks ago] on the smaller trees there as well.

“That tree was not doing anybody any harm whatsoever, and I just can’t understand the mentality of it.

“A lot of the ladies in the Townswomen’s Guild are of an older generation and they must be quite disappointed by this.

“What must this say about Barnstaple?”

Cllr Brown asked anyone who had any information about the damaged tree to contact Barnstaple Town Council on 01271 373311.

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