Community fighting back after vandalism

One of the damaged trees in Firth Park
One of the damaged trees in Firth Park
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IT is our park and we are determined to enjoy it.

That’s the message from people of all ages in Firth Park after vandals chopped down trees on a wrecking spree, armed with what is believed to have been a machete.

Children planting trees with the Mayor in Firth Park.

Children planting trees with the Mayor in Firth Park.

The damage was so severe the trees had to be removed but now - seven months later - the community has come together to replace them.

Pupils from primary schools in the area joined forces with Friends of Firth Park and council officers to plant the new trees.

Tree officer Leonie Kapadia said the attack was very unusual and everyone had been horrified at the damage.

She said: “This sort of thing just doesn’t happen in Firth Park or indeed in any Sheffield park.

One of the damaged trees in Firth Park

One of the damaged trees in Firth Park

“People were more worried that somebody had been walking around at night with a tool capable of causing such damage.

“Nobody saw anything, they just woke up in the morning and saw the trees that have been chopped.”

Five of the 10 trees were destroyed but have now been replaced with decorative and traditional native species.

“Pupils say they are going to keep an eye on the trees and want to see them growing for a thousand years,” Leonie said.

“The children view this park as theirs and they are going to look after the trees.”

The original trees were planted in 2006 using a grant from Yorkshire Water and their replacements are being paid for thanks to a bid by The Friends of Firth Park to the Climate Change Fund.

Margaret Hoyles, of the group, said: “Vandalism in our park is rare but we are determined to restore any damage and strive to improve this wonderful space.”