Within 24 hours of planting, two of the 39 new trees in Newbury, which were planted as a joint venture between the Town Council and West Berkshire District Council have been broken and vandalised beyond saving.
The tree replacement and expansion programme included the two young pear trees within the scheme. The locations of the planting is based on the Town Council’s Town Design Statement recommendations. The Town Council paid for the trees from the Community Infrastructure Levies, collected from developers and West Berkshire Council covered the costs of the planting.
Cllr Adrian Edwards, Leader of the Council said, “Newbury Town Council is committed to continuing to make Newbury a better place to live, work and visit and the tree-planting programme is part of our commitment. Planting trees is a precious gift from us to future generations and this vandalism is such a disappointment. The trees did not stand a chance having been broken off at the base. I would urge anyone with any information who may have done this to contact the Police”.
If anyone has any information which might help to catch the perpetrators of this criminal damage please contact the Police on 101, quoting the reference number DP-3416-19-4343-00.