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Vandals rip up trees planted by charity volunteers in Cheltenham park

Credit: Gloucester Live

Trees planted in a park in Cheltenham by charity volunteers have been ripped up and flattened in a case of suspected vandalism.

The 185 saplings had been put in place by volunteers from the town's homeless charity, P3, but only lasted a few days before the damage was spotted.

Dog walkers and those using the area first saw the damaged trees on Sunday (8 December) on the south side of Agg Gardners playing field in Pittville Park.

Credit: Gloucester Live

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The trees were planted as a part of a volunteer effort co-ordinated by Cheltenham Borough Council, with many of the saplings donated by the Woodland Trust.

Tess Beck, one of the volunteers involved, helped to replant the damaged trees where possible:

We have no idea who was responsible.

There are a couple missing and a few more that are shorter than they should be, but at least they are back in the ground so have a decent chance of surviving.

Despite the high winds we have had since Sunday, they are all still upright and undamaged. Hopefully they will be left undisturbed in the future.

– Tess Beck, Volunteer