Vandals target Lancaster woodland

Who's damaged our trees? Year 1 pupils from Ridge Primary School, who will use the area when it is completed take a closer look at the trees which have had the bark stripped from them
Who's damaged our trees? Year 1 pupils from Ridge Primary School, who will use the area when it is completed take a closer look at the trees which have had the bark stripped from them
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A WOODLAND area being developed at Lancaster Royal Grammar School (LRGS) for use by pupils across the district was damaged after vandals burrowed their way in.

The intruders burrowed their way under the fence surrounding the £60,000 area, which is being developed by the Lancaster Excellence Cluster of Schools for use by primary school pupils and community groups.

They dismantled parts of a wooden activity trail, stole ropes from the activities and ripped off large areas of bark from the trees, damaging them irreparably.

The damage was discovered last Thursday morning, just days after construction of the project began.

Teacher Jim Calvert, who will be coordinating the local community’s use of the woodland, said: “It’s upsetting to see this kind of thing happening, when the whole idea of this scheme is to benefit young people in the area by encouraging them to use their local natural environments in a positive and creative way. These acts of vandalism just prove this kind of project is desperately needed in this area.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (16-06-11) for full story.