Oak trees axed by Sheffield vandals

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Vandals have felled 100 oak trees at a Sheffield park in attacks branded ‘vicious and criminal’ by volunteers.

Members of the Friends of Richmond Park say the trees have been chopped down over several weeks since June, with attacks on several at a time.

Barbara Morris, of the Friends of Richmond Park

Barbara Morris, of the Friends of Richmond Park

Now a total of about 100 have been felled.

Barbara Morris, vice-chairman of the Friends of Richmond Park, said: “We are currently undergoing a vicious and criminal wave of vandalism.

“The trees that have been felled are ones which are not that old - most are about 15 years old and were seeded naturally rather than planted as saplings.They have been chopped down and left where they once stood, creating a fire and health and safety risk.

“We have contacted Sheffield Council and the parks and countryside department has confirmed it has not undertaken this action.

Barbara Morris, vice-chair of the Friends of Richmond Park, Sheffield, surveys the large number of oak trees that have been felled by vandals.

Barbara Morris, vice-chair of the Friends of Richmond Park, Sheffield, surveys the large number of oak trees that have been felled by vandals.

“This matter has now been passed to police and if anyone sees someone cutting down trees, please report it. It is a mystery why whoever is responsible is doing it. It looks like they have been using a chainsaw to attack the trees.”

Coun John Campbell, Labour member for Richmond, said: “It is a shame that a handful of people or an individual has decided to destroy the good work of the friends, who have made a lot of improvements to the park, with actions such as this.”

■ Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.